Coralville man charged with 3rd OWI

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police have charged a Coraville man for driving while intoxicated for the third time.

John Robert Watkins, 51, Coralville, was charged Tuesday.

According to a police report, Watkins was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Gilbert and Washington Streets when he allegedly continued to drive through the light.

After initiating a traffic stop, Iowa City police said Watkins allegedly had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

When the officer asked Watkins how much he had to drink, police said Watkins responded “probably too much.”

The report said Watkins has received numerous OWIs.

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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