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Racine man arrested for 5th OWI after jumping into Reef Point Marina to avoid arrest

RACINE COUNTY, A 38-year-old Racine man was arrested on Friday for his 5th OWI after hitting a vehicle and jumping into the Reef Point Marina to avoid arrest.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office was called to the Reefpoint Marina around 10:44 p.m. after security reported that a car crashed into another car in the parking lot. The driver of the striking vehicle then allegedly ran down the causeway and jumped into the marina water.

Sheriff's Deputies from the Water Safety Patrol arrived on scene and began searching for the suspect.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect attempted to hide under a pier but was located and taken into custody.

He was arrested for OWI - 5th Offense and is being held on a $5,300 bond.

Formal charges are pending with the Racine County District Attorney's Office.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story. 

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