CHARGED: 17-year-old Racine boy accused of being drunk at school, carrying knife in his backpack
RACINE COUNTY (WITI) -- A 17-year-old Racine boy is charged as an adult -- accused of bringing a knife to school.
Andrew Barajas of Racine faces a misdemeanor dangerous weapons on school premises charge for an alleged incident that occurred on Monday, October 27th.
A criminal complaint filed against Barajas says an off-duty officer at Racine's Park High School was approached by a staff member who said she was told by a student that Barajas may be intoxicated.
Barajas was located, and he was interviewed by police -- saying he had consumed alcohol, and that he still had some in his backpack. The complaint says officers could smell alcohol on Barajas, and they located a plastic water bottle in Barajas' backpack with a clear liquid inside that smelled like alcohol.
When Barajas was asked whether there was anything else in his backpack, the complaint says he told officers "I have a knife in the side pocket which I keep for my protection."
Officers located that knife in Barajas backpack, and he was arrested for dangerous weapons on school premises. Additionally, he was issued a citation for underage drinking.
Barajas was taken to jail, where he was held on $500 cash bond.