Racine County DA cited for OWI

Also cited for hit and run

CREATED Apr 5, 2014

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RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine County district attorney Rich Chiapete acknowledges that he drove while intoxicated this week and fled the scene of a single-vehicle crash.

In an email to The Journal Times of Racine Saturday, Chiapete said he received municipal citations Friday for OWI and hit-and-run. Racine Police Chief Art Howell confirms that Chiapete was cited following a property-damage accident.

Chiapete says he was involved in a single-car accident while returning home from a birthday party where he'd had a few drinks. He says he initially panicked and left the scene.

He says he's "ashamed and embarrassed" and takes full responsibility for his "extremely poor judgment." He says this shouldn't have happened. He adds that he'll work hard to restore his community's faith in him.