Cedar Rapids woman charged with second-offense OWI

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 02, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Cedar Rapids woman has been accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Deanna Berchenbriter, 23, 1242 27th St. N.E., was allegedly driving a 2011 Audi S5 eastbound in the 700 to 800 block of East College Street on Thursday.

At the time, officers were looking for an assault suspect. They located a vehicle parked, running and occupied in the 300 block of South Lucas Street. After vehicle license plates were ran, it was confirmed that the registered owner of the vehicle was wanted, the complaint said.

Officers reportedly noticed that the vehicle smelled of alcohol, and Berchenbriter allegedly admitted to drinking but refused a breath test. After failing standardized field sobriety tests and refusing a breath test for a second time, she was arrested. This is Berchenbriter’s second OWI charge.

A second OWI is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable up to two years in prison with a maximum fine of up to $6,250.

— by Quentin Misiag

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