Chicago man charged with driving while intoxicated

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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A Chicago man has been accused of driving while intoxicated.

Tarrence Newman, 36, was charged Nov. 15 with third-offense OWI.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers were called to an address for a report on an in-progress assault. While on their way, officials were informed the suspect was leaving in red Cadillac.

Officers spotted the vehicle and observed one of the third brake lights was out. They attempted to make a traffic stop, but the car did not stop for another three blocks.

The vehicle also swerved off the road while officers were chasing it with lights and sirens.

When officers finally stopped the vehicle, Newman turned off the car and got out. He appeared to have trouble getting out, and officers observed him having a strong odor of alcohol, red, watery eyes, poor balance, and slurred speech.

Officials attempted to conduct breath tests, but Newman refused.

While conducting horizontal gaze nystagmus test, Newman made a gesture as if he were cocking a shotgun.

He has prior convictions on June 18, 2012, and Sept. 12, 2012.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

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