Metro Brief

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 10, 2009 7:27 AM

2 CR men charged with OWI

Two Cedar Rapids men were arrested this weekend after allegedly driving drunk.

Erik Manley, 29, and Lonny Melvin, 33, were both charged with third-offense OWI. Manley was also charged with driving while revoked.

According to Iowa City police, officers pulled Manley over, then reportedly discovered his license was revoked for refusing OWI tests and that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Manley had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech, according to police reports. There was a strong odor of alcohol from his person and from the vehicle. Manley failed field sobriety tests and refused breath tests, authorities said.

Officers stopped Melvin for driving with the rear window brake light out, police said. Authorities smelled a strong odor of alcohol and saw Melvin’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, police reports show.

Melvin admitted to drinking before driving and failed field sobriety tests, authorities said.

Third-offense OWI is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $9,3750. Driving while revoked is a serious misdemeanor, generally punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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