Man charged with OWI

BY DI STAFF | JULY 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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An Atkins, Iowa, man was charged after allegedly driving over 40 mph over the speed limit on Interstate 380.

Benjamin Phipps, 28, was charged on July 27 with first-offense OWI.

According to a North Liberty police complaint, Phipps was stopped while driving 118 mph on southbound Interstate 380 in a 70 mph speed zone.

Officers stopped Phipps near the 1-mile marker in rural Johnson County.

Upon contact, officers noticed he smelled strongly of ingested alcohol, had slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes, lazy eyelids, and a swaying balance.

Phipps reportedly admitted to police that he had been drinking.

He reportedly failed several intoxication tests, including a walk and turn test, before refusing to undertake further testing.

Phipps refused preliminary breath testing and DataMaster testing.

First offense OWI is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Cassidy Riley

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