Man charged with 3rd OWI

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 23, 2010 7:30 AM

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An Iowa City man was charged with his third OWI after allegedly running a stop sign and striking another vehicle.

James Burton, 36, 53 Modern Way, was charged Sunday with third-offense OWI.

Iowa City police responded to an accident at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Muscatine Avenue, where witnesses allegedly reported that Burton was possibly intoxicated.

Burton, driving a tan Buick, reportedly ran a stop sign and struck another vehicle.

According to police, Burton exhibited poor balance, slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, and a strong scent of alcohol.

Empty beer cans and bottles were reportedly found in the vehicle, and Burton admitted to drinking at home before driving.

Burton allegedly performed poorly on the field sobriety test and refused to have his blood-alcohol content tested.

He has two previous convictions, the most recent on Oct. 13, 2006.

Third-offense OWI is a Class D felony generally punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $9,375.

— by Jordan Fries

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