Coralville man charged with 3rd OWI

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 21, 2011 7:20 AM

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Deputies have charged a Coralville man with driving while intoxicated for the third time.

Kevin Ellis Groomes, 47, 3701 Second St. Apt. 376, was charged March 18 with third-offense OWI.

Johnson County deputies said they stopped Groome’s white Ford truck for a seatbelt violation at Main and Third Streets near Tiffin last week.

When deputies approached Groomes, they said he had poor speech and Groomes admitted to drinking three beers.

The report said Groomes also smelled like alcohol and had poor balance.

Groomes reportedly blew a .218 in a preliminary breath test.

Deputies said Groomes has five previous OWI convictions.

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

—By Hayley Bruce

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