Man charged with OWI

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 08, 2010 7:30 AM

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Police charged a man with OWI after he allegedly ran his car into a Salvation Army building and told police he didn’t know how to drive.

Alex Martinez, 26, West Branch, was charged March 4.

According to police reports, Martinez exited the vehicle after the accident and walked away carrying an open container of beer.

Officers reportedly found him a short distance away still consuming the beer.

Martinez allegedly told police he was intentionally intoxicated because of an ended relationship. He reported that he struck the building because he did not know how to drive, police said.

First-offense OWI is a serious misdemeanor generally punishable by up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of up to $1,250.

— by Jordan Fries

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