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Man facing OWI charges in addition to others after traffic stop

Getting stopped by police for suspected drunk driving can be intimidating for motorists in Iowa. Officers typically question the drivers and submit them to field sobriety tests. These stops are typically routine in nature when a driver cooperates with the requests from law enforcement personnel. However, a Clear Lake man faces more than OWI charges after a recent traffic stop.

The Clear Lake Police Department said that a 26-year-old man was driving his car one evening before being stopped by officers. Reports state that the man had slurred speech as well as bloodshot eyes. He supposedly had an odor of alcohol on his breath.

Evidently, the man told the officers that he had consumed three pitchers of beer. The officers claim he failed the field sobriety tests and displayed impairment. Court documents show that the man resisted arrest when the officers tried to intervene. Allegedly, the man struck an officer in the face instead of putting his hands behind his back.

The man refused to submit to chemical testing and was booked in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. He was released after posting bond and will later appear in district court. The man has been charged with operating while under the influence -- second offense. He also faces charges of assault on persons in certain occupations and interference with official acts -- both with bodily injury.

Facing OWI charges in Iowa is serious and should not be taken lightly. A criminal defense attorney can be a valuable ally throughout the legal process. A trusted lawyer will work with a client every step of the way to present the strongest defense possible in the case.

Source: globegazette.com, "Clear Lake man arrested for OWI, punching police officer", Courtney Fiorini, May 7, 2018

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