Drunk driving accident involves Quiznos restaurant

In the early morning hours on Saturday, a drunk driver crashed into the side of a Quiznos restaurant in downtown Des Moines.

The driver, a 31-year-old Des Moines man, was determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He smelled of alcohol and could not maintain his balance when police were questioning him about the accident.

The downtown Quiznos restaurant sustained damage in the crash, as did the man’s motor vehicle. The drunk driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.141, and the legal limit in the state is 0.08.

If you have been a DWI accident victim, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., P.C,. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

 



Drunk driver faces criminal and civil charges

The Nebraska man arrested in connection with the August 9th crash that killed four motorcyclists in Western Iowa last month had a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit at the time of the accident, according to the Iowa State Patrol’s final accident report.

The report, which was released this week, determined that the 21-year-old driver had a BAC of 0.373. The legal limit is 0.08.

The fatal accident happened in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux exit. Four motorcyclists traveling southbound were struck by the drunk driver when he crossed the center line while headed northbound in his pickup truck.

The four motorcyclists, who were heading home from a motorcyclist convention, were killed in the crash. Criminal charges against the drunk driver are pending an official report from the state crime lab’s toxicology unit. In the meantime, he remains incaracerated. He already faces a civil suit filed by the widow of one of the motorcyclists, who alleges that his negligence was the primary cause of the collision.



Iowa teenager faces charges for March drunk driving fatality

Authorities in Bremer County filed a juvenile delinquency petition of vehicular homicide this week against a 17-year-old high school student from Clarksville for a March 21 drunk driving accident.

Sheriff’s department officers were able to determine that the young man had been drinking alcohol before driving. His impaired ability to operate a car led to a crash that killed his 18-year-old passenger and classmate.

The teenager’s lawyer refused to comment when contacted about the case.



Drunk woman crashes car in river

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call around 1 a.m. this morning found a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix crashed into a river at the 3500 block of Ellis Road in Cedar Rapids.

Police arrived to find the vehicle abandoned. They were able to identify the owner of the car from its registration papers, and after a short search located two 23-year-old women intoxicated in public.

According to the women, they were in the car when it veered off of the road, rolled over, and slid down an embankment into the river. Police were unable to determine which of the women was driving at the time.

Both of the women were sigificantly intoxicated, so either way it was a drunk driving accident.

Luckily, neither of the women were injured in the accident. This is not always the case when it comes to drunken drivers. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drunk driver, contact the Iowa drunk driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Drunk driver faces vehicular homicide charges

According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, a Sioux Falls man faces vehicular homicide charges following an alcohol-related single-vehicle crash that left his wife dead.

The accident happened last Sunday as the man was headed west on his motorcycle with his wife riding passenger along 268th Street toward 481st Avenue near Iowa’s Gitchie Manitou State Park. He rounded a bend too sharply and lost control of the motorcycle, throwing both of them from the bike.

Police report that both the man and his wife were responsive when emergency personnel arrived around 7 p.m., but the woman passed out shortly after. She died later that night at Avera McKennan Hospital.

While police have not released the results of a blood-alcohol level test, it is known that alcohol was involved in the accident. Randy Sample, Deputy State’s Attorney, says that investigation is still ongoing as to whether or not the driver will be charged with vehicular homicide.

“Normally, for vehicular homicide, you need two things: You need to be intoxicated, and you need to be involved in a negligent act,” Sample said.

Neither the man nor his wife were wearing helmets. The driver remains hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital with serious injuries.

This accident could likely have been avoided if the driver had not been drinking. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver or been involved in a drunk driving accident, call the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Iowa city drunk driver hits two cyclists

A 22-year-old has been charged with second-offense drunken driving after hitting two cyclists as they crossed the intersection of Gilbert and Bowery Streets in Iowa City.

The accident occurred around 5:43 p.m. Both cyclists were stopped at a sidewalk on Bowery street, waiting to cross Gilbert street. The 22-year-old driver was waiting at a red light westbound on Bowery street, waiting to turn south on Gilbert street. When the light changed, the cyclists crossed the intersection in a westbound direction while the driver turned southbound, hitting them both.

Both cyclists were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with non-life threatening injuries. Police report that the drunk driver had an odor of ingested alcohol, bloodshot eyes, unsteady balance, and slurred speech. His blood-alcohol level was significantly over the legal limit.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a drunk driver, call the Iowa personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Drunken Driver Crashes Car into Building

An alleged drunk driver crashed into Salvation Army while driving with an open Budweiser beer can in his hand.

On March 4 around noon, the 26-year-old man crashed the car he was driving into the Salvation Army building. The man failed the field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol content of .101, according to officials. The man had reportedly just ended a personal relationship. He is being held in jail with a bail of $,1000 set.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Iowa State Patrol Cracks Down on Drunk Drivers

Super Bowl weekend started a new initiative to crack down on drunk driving.

After the game on Sunday, cops were patrolling the area. Leaving parties after the game many people have been drinking so police have decided that this is a great weekedn to start. Police have advised everyone, as usual, to have a designated driver at the party if you plan to drink. In one year, there are 19 thousand OWI arrests in Iowa. 

If you or someone you love has been injured after being hit by a drunk driver, contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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