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3 charged with third-offense OWIs

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 06, 2010 7:30 AM

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Local police arrested three men for allegedly driving drunk over the weekend.

Coralville police arrested Christopher Wright, 28, Cedar Rapids, and Laffite Pierre, 37, Coralville. Iowa City police arrested Robert Abbott, 47, address unknown. All three were charged Sunday with third-offense OWI.

According to police reports, Abbott backed his van into another vehicle in a Hy-Vee parking lot then passed out in the driver’s seat. When officers arrived, the van was still running and the headlights were on, police said.

Abbott reportedly had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, unsteady balance, and smelled of alcohol.

Abbott admitted to driving after drinking alcohol, police said.

Officers responded to another Hy-Vee later that day for a report of people drinking in a vehicle.

According to police reports, Pierre’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, he showed a lack of balance, and smelled of ingested alcohol.

Coralville police pulled Wright over for speeding, and he reportedly admitted being drunk and using cocaine. Wright had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol, officers said.

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

— by Regina Zilbermints



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