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MASON CITY – Shortly after 5am Sunday morning, a quick thinking McDonalds’ worker called Mason City Police Department to report a possible drunk driver that had just ordered food at the McDonalds at 1651 SW 4th Street.
Eight minutes after the call was received a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 18 and Killdeer Avenue and initiated a traffic stop.
The deputy arrested the driver of the vehicle identified as 18-year-old Haley Marie Smith of Mason City after she failed field sobriety testing and an open container of alcohol was found in her vehicle.
Smith was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office where she submitted to a breath alcohol content test. According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Criminal Investigations, Smith failed the BAC test after she blew a .200 on two occasions. In Iowa the legal limit is .080, but as a person under the age of 21 the legal limit for Smith is .020.
Smith was booked into a holding cell at the jail shortly after 7am before being released Sunday afternoon with the promise to appear to further court proceedings.
Smith has been charged with one serious misdemeanor count of 1st offense OWI, and one simple misdemeanor count of open container – driver.