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Police: man drove drunk to steal bike

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 08, 2011 7:10 AM

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Officers arrested a West Branch man after he allegedly drove drunk to steal an expensive bicycle.

Timothy Wilker, 47, was charged Feb. 6 with second-degree theft and OWI.

According to Iowa City police complaints, the alleged victim flagged down an officer when allegedly finding Wilker taking the bike after cutting off the lock.

The report said the bike had been locked to a pole, and surveillance video reportedly showed Wilker pull up in a Jeep, cut the lock with bolt cutters, and put the bike in the car.

During the investigation, the report said officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol on the defendant, who told police he had been drinking “back at the farm” before driving into Iowa City.

Wilker told police he had not consumed alcohol since 12:30 p.m. when he left the farm, the complaint said. The defendant also told police he paid $40 for the bike two weeks ago from a person who didn’t have a key to the lock.

The bike is valued at $2,750.

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

Second-degree theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Hayley Bruce


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