Man charged with third-offense OWI


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An Iowa City man has been charged after he allegedly drove drunk at various speeds on the shoulder of an Iowa City street.

Christopher Beardshear, 43, was charged on Monday with third-offense OWI.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers located Beardshear’s vehicle after he pulled into a nearby residence on Sand Road.

When officers approached the vehicle, they found Beardshear in the driver’s seat next to another man. Both were found to be asleep and the car was running, the complaint said.

When officers opened the driver’s door, they smelled a strong odor of ingested alcohol coming from the vehicle. Upon asking, Beardshear confirmed that he had been drinking alcohol.

After performing poorly on a number of tests, Beardshear registered a preliminary breath test of .227 before refusing a DataMaster test.

Beardshear was previously convicted of OWI in 2006.

Third-offense OWI is a class-D felony.

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