3 charged with 3rd OWI

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 30, 2009 7:20 AM

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Police arrested three people over the weekend for allegedly driving drunk.

Paul Schneider, 45; Kenneth Yanda, 60; and Rob Nichols, 37, were charged with third-offense OWI.

According to police records, police stopped Schneider, 420 E. Benton St., around midnight Sunday after an officer saw him fail to make a complete stop at a stop sign. Schneider smelled strongly of alcohol and had a blood-alcohol content of .276, according to reports.

Yanda of Ely, Iowa, was in a car accident on Highway 1 around 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. Police said Yanda had red, watery eyes, poor balance, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol. According to records, he had a blood alcohol content of .232.

Nichols, North Liberty, allegedly parked his car on the lawn of the North Liberty Brown Bottle Restaurant on Nov. 25. Police said when they tried to tell Nichols, he allegedly fled the scene. When he was caught a short time later, he allegedly had slurred speech, blood-shot eyes, and smelled of alcohol, police said. He refused all tests.

Third-offense OWI is a Class D felony, generally punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Marleen Linares

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