Attorney’s Office

OWI Report (January 2019)

One Hundred eighty DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR OWI THE MONTH OF January 2019

One hundred eighty defendants were prosecuted for Operating While under the Influence (OWI) in Polk County Associate District Courts in the month of January 2019.

One hundred forty-three of those defendants were prosecuted for OWI First Offense. OWI First Offense is a Serious Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,250. The Court MUST impose a minimum sentence of two days in the county jail and a fine of $1,250, upon conviction. Blood alcohol levels are shown below in parentheses. DRE indicates that the conviction was based upon use of drugs other than just alcohol. REF means that the defendant refused the chemical test. A deferred judgment (non-conviction) is usually available to those defendants who test below .150 for an OWI First Offense. The State of Iowa has a legislatively set, presumptive level of intoxication of .08.

Those defendants appearing for sentencing for OWI First Offense in this reporting period were:  

Kaleb Aiken, (.126/DRE); Amy Alesch, (REF); Mckenzie Allely, (REF); Joshua Allen, (REF); Travis Aslin, (0.103); Alexandra Avila, (0.192); Takara Bagby, (0.178); Joshua Baity, (REF); Michael Baker, (0.198); Megan Bales, (0.155); Marlon Ballentine, (.104/DRE); Tanner Barker, (0.119); Jeanine Bernard, (REF); Raj Biswakarma, (0.134); Jusprae Blessins, (REF); David Brazelton, (0.213); Nicholas Breeden, (0.133); William Brown, (REF); Tanner Buckley, (0.179); Karla Bullock, (0.147); Matthew Caldwell, (REF); Clayton Callahan, (REF); Korey Campbell, (0.136); Jesse Cannon, (0.269); Juan Castro, (0.161); Sean Cavanaugh, (0.131); James Conrad, (REF); Corydon Coppola, (0.2); Mariano Coreas Mejia, (0.149); Hassan Dainkeh, (DRE); Angela Davila, (0.122); Sarah Davis, (DRE); Alexandra Davis, (0.176); Jason Davis, (0.161); Benjamin Dickerson, (0.172); Debra Dinapoli, (0.193); Steven Dorenkamp, (0.147); Benny Dorrance, (0.139); Tanya Dunbarr, (DRE); David Espeland, (REF); Nicholas Evans, (0.184); Kimberly Fazio, (REF); Mackenzie Fischer, (0.14); Jason Fisher, (0.241); Adiba Flattery, (REF); Dylan Flynn, (REF); Dennis Ford, (REF); Brandon Franke, (0.102); Lisa Franzenburg, (REF); Sean Goodwin, (REF); Tiffany Grim, (0.197); Randy Gummert, (0.142); Juan Guzman, (0.102); Scott Haag, (0.171); Rayna Halvorson, (0.203); Justin Harper, (REF); Zeb Harris, (0.114); Casey Harthoorn, (0.118); Thomas Hawkins, (REF); Henry Hernandez-Leyva, (0.092); David Holm, (.303/DRE); Jason Hough, (0.172); Brandon Hymer, (0.144); Benjamin Ivins, (0.163); Dillan Jacobe, (DRE); Twena Johnson, (0.264); Melinda Johnson, (0.265); Mickeala Johnson, (REF); Bradley Johnson, (0.096); Steven Keith, (REF); Kuku Kinapoe, (0.09); Sikabwe Kisamba, (0.249); Monty Knode, (0.149); Thomas Kopsa, (REF); Allyssa Kowalis, (0.086); Karen Kulisky, (0.24); Pedro Limon Sandoval, (0.131); Jonathan Lovan, (0.151); Christopher Loyd, (REF); Jared Lyon, (0.204); Cung Mang, (0.167); Kelly Markham, (0.111); Shawn Martin, (REF); Enemuel Martinez Chavez, (0.119); Kathryn Mcmullen, (0.16); John Meyer, (0.204); Kelly Moffitt, (0.097); Cristian Mondragon Rubio, (0.156); Francisco Morales, (0.2); Wesley Moran, (DRE/.140); Brandon Mota Robles, (0.191); Charles Motley, (0.138); Travis Nealley, (REF); Robert Nevitt, (REF); Scott Newman Birch, (0.139); Elizabeth Nichols, (REF); Michelle Olinger, (REF); Angela Osborn, (0.121); Vane Overturff, (0.216); Cory Pearson, (0.197); Maxwell Place, (REF); Chad Pohlmeier, (REF); Desiree Priebe, (0.199); Ruth Primrose, (DRE); Michael Richardson, (0.221); Michael Richardson, (0.27); Michael Richardson, (0.166); Alexander Roby, (0.114); Mckenna Roche, (0.126); Mckenna Roche, (0.126); Paige Rochon, (0.189); Dow Roettger, (0.197); Lynn Saddoris, (0.199); Jesus Sanchez, (REF); Kara Schaudt, (0.109); Darin Scovel, (REF); Brandi Shannon, (REF); Jody Sidebottom, (0.259); Michael Simpson, (0.131); James Sirman, (0.184); Elijah Sorensen, (0.093); Bryan Stewart, (0.106); James Stewart, (0.181); David Stites, (0.246); Carter Symanowicz, (0.197); Gabriela Taylor, (0.184); Tiffany Thode, (0.193); Banthsa Thonethevaboth, (0.152); Cory Thurman, (0.201); Madison Tiedemann, (0.185); Demetrius Tribble, (0.123); Ashley Trotter, (0.24); Michael Vertrees, (0.206); Carson Walker, (0.213); Connor Wegner, (0.201); Nikole White, (0.19); Luke Wilkins, (0.103); Cory Wilkinson, (0.153); Monica Williams, (.224/DRE); Lori Williams, (DRE/.293); Hernan Yanqui, (0.185); Brett Zaug, (0.237); Gabriel Zurita-Baltazar, (DRE/.223).

Of those defendants sentenced for OWI First Offense this report, sixty-five had a test of .160 (twice the legal limit) or greater. The low chemical test among the group was .086 and the high test was .270 (more than THREE times the legal limit). Four defendants were prosecuted based upon their use of drugs other than just alcohol (denoted by “DRE”) and thirty-three refused chemical testing (denoted by “REF”).

Twenty-seven defendants appeared for sentencing for OWI Second Offense. OWI Second Offense is an Aggravated Misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6,250. The Court MUST impose a minimum sentence of seven days in county jail and a minimum fine of $1,875, upon conviction of OWI Second Offense.

Those defendants appearing for sentencing for OWI Second Offense in this reporting period were:

Rodney Carpenter, (REF); Epifanio Carreras Ocampo, (REF); Steven Charlson, (REF); Stephen Creger, (DRE); Stephen Creger, (REF); Zachary Depenning, (REF); Nathanael Dewey, (0.125); Nancy Duran, (REF); Abwe Etabo, (0.211); Shonedrick Freeman, (0.109); Brandon Howard, (REF); Kyle Howell, (0.187); Daniel Johannesen, (0.154); Christopher Jones, (0.251); Orijit Kar, (.056/DRE); Lori Mason, (0.249); Matthew Mendenhall, (0.151); Sharmarke Mohamed, (0.145); Susan Ogren, (0.208); Harshadbhai Patel, (0.196); Andrew Pebbles, (0.188); Justin Sams, (0.172); Van San, (0.115); Christian Santamaria Marroquin, (0.19); Thomas Simbro, (0.137); Catherine Tucker, (0.188); Tory Webb, (REF).

Of those defendants sentenced for OWI Second Offense who took a chemical test, those tests ranged from a low of 0.109 to a high of 0.251 (more than THREE times the legal limit). Eight of these defendants refused the chemical test.

There were ten defendants sentenced this reporting period for OWI Third Offense.  OWI Third Offense is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and by a fine of up to $9,375. The Court MUST sentence a defendant convicted of OWI Third Offense to a minimum of thirty days in county jail and a minimum fine of $3,125. The defendants appearing for sentencing for OWI Third Offense in this reporting period were: 

Travis Beveridge, (0.24); William Goodall, (0.452); Stephen Haider, (0.194); Ericka Hayes, (REF); Samuel Hernandez-Ramirez, (0.175); Burdette Kelsey, (REF); Robert Meadows, (0.203); Amy Nichols, (0.118); Nicholas Smith, (0.341); David Stenger, (0.112).

These cases were prosecuted by attorneys assigned to the Intake and Screening Bureau of Polk County Attorney John Sarcone’s Office. For the month of January 2019, the attorneys directly responsible for handling this challenging, fast-paced and high volume docket were: Kailyn Heston, and Jordan Roling, and the support staff responsible for assisting were: Melanie Lumley, Cheyanne Wallace, and Chelsey Wilson.

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