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Man tells police he drinks alcohol ‘like it’s coffee’ – KIRO 7 News Seattle

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. – A man arrested for drunk driving reportedly admitted to police that he drank alcohol and said he started drinking when he was 9 years old.

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James Fuerstenau was taken to Racine County Jail on charges of breach of bail and exploiting under the influence, according to jail records online.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Times, Fuerstenau was pulled over by Racine County Sheriff’s deputies while driving an SUV recklessly. When asked by deputies why he smelled of alcohol, he reportedly admitted: “Yeah, I drank a few after work,” the Journal Times reported.

Deputies told WISN that open beverage containers were visible on the passenger floor of the SUV, including open Four Loko cans and Natural Ice beer cans.

Fuerstenau failed sobriety tests and an initial breath test showed his blood alcohol level was 0.197%, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%, the Racine County Eye reported.

In their criminal complaint, the deputies said Fuerstenau admitted to drinking that day, starting at 5:30 a.m., as well as using cocaine before going to work, WISN reported. Fuerstenau also said he drank Four Loko, a natural ice cream, and smoked marijuana during lunch, according to the station.

Fuerstenau allegedly told deputies “I was driving drunk,” WISN reported. When questioned further, Fuerstenau told investigators he drank alcohol “like it was coffee” and started drinking when he was 9 years old, the Journal Times reported.

This is Fuerstenau’s third YES. If convicted, he faces up to 3½ years in prison and/or up to $24,500 in fines, the Racine County Eye reported.