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Man faces OWI charges after traffic stop

Most drivers have been guilty of driving too fast at one time or another on the roads or highways. When law enforcement officials spot this behavior, many motorists are stopped and given a warning or a speeding ticket. One recent traffic stop in Iowa ended a bit differently when the driver was suspected of driving under the influence. He now faces OWI charges in Pottawattamie County.

An officer from the Council Bluffs Police Department recently reported that a car was speeding on a local street. The car was spotted in a 35 mph speed zone, yet it was evidently traveling at 60 mph. When an officer spoke with the driver, it was noted that the car smelled like alcohol. The driver allegedly had slurred speech and watery, bloodshot eyes and supposedly told police he had a drink earlier in the day. Officers purportedly discovered that a child was in the back seat of the man's car.

The man agreed to take a field sobriety test, according to reports. Records show that he failed the test. Also, authorities claimed that his blood alcohol content was .207 percent after he gave a breath sample. Iowa's legal limit is .08 percent. The driver was arrested and now faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment. He was also accused of driving with an expired, suspended or revoked license.

Facing OWI charges can be a daunting experience. If someone is convicted of the charges, consequences can range from fines and loss of license to time in jail. It would be inadvisable to fight these charges alone. An Iowa criminal defense attorney can help individuals develop a strong defense. An experienced lawyer can be an important partner in the effort to help clients get their lives back to normal as soon as possible.

Source:, "Man charged with DUI with child in back seat", Mike Bell, March 9, 2018

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