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Mason City man sentenced for drunken police chase


This news story was published on April 28, 2012.
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On Monday, April 23rd, 30-year-old Scott Alan Anderson received a 21 day jail sentence after pleading guilty to an OWI charge.

Anderson was arrested on October 11th, 2011 after police tried to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Anderson for not displaying a license plate and another equipment violation.

When the officer approached the vehicle Anderson sped away onto Highway 122. As Anderson tried to flee onto Illinois Avenue he lost control of his vehicle, sliding into a tree. Instead of giving up Anderson jumped out of the vehicle and led police on a short foot pursuit before being apprehended.

Court records show Anderson entered a written plea of guilt in the case on April 4th, just 6 days before a scheduled trial.

At the sentencing hearing presiding Senior Judge Carlynn D. Grupp approved a motion to dismiss a serious misdemeanor eluding charge before sentencing Anderson to 21 days in jail for first offense Owi. According to financial records Judge Grupp also suspended $625 of the legislature scheduled $1250 fine for the OWI conviction.

Court records show on Tuesday, April 24th, Magistrate Patrick B. Byrne dismissed open container, failure to display registration plate, failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way, and failure to maintain control citations issued following the chase.

Additional court records show Anderson was cited on February 21st, 2012 for driving while revoked after the OWI charge but was able to plea bargain the charge to a lesser offense of driving with no valid license.

SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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14 Responses to Mason City man sentenced for drunken police chase

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I personally know Scott, he is a nice guy. I’m not making excuses for him what he did was wrong. I just hope he as learned from it and so thankful he didn’t kill himself or anyone else that night.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    OWI is no big deal. Get over it.

    To much drama over simple OWI’s. Sure some people get in accidents when they drink and they should not. More people burn their brains out everyday on dope and that does way more damage then a OWI.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      For the person that says OWI is no big deal why don’t you go tell that to families of people that have lost love ones, or friends to a drunk driver and oh by the when your crying because someone you know ( hope this never happens to you) has been killed by a drunk driver remember it’s no big deal.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Ya give him a break!!!

  4. BladyBlah Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Wonder how many FREE or REDUCED car repairs this is going to lead to 🙂

  5. Hunter Flynn Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys make the plea agreements. Judges do have the option of disregarding the deal, but rarely exercise that opportunity. The County Attorney’s office is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases. The County Attorney is an elected position in Iowa and run unopposed for re-election.

  6. LVS Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Why do we even bother with laws and penalty’s when the milksop judges just turn them loose. The laws are meant as a deterent but won’t deter anyone at this rate.

  7. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I get the plea agreement. First time OWI’s are just that. Getting caught driving and drinking we all know is going to result in some serious consequences. Even with the $625.00 reductions this will cost him close to $15,000.00 when everything is all said and done. Talk to anyone 2 years after their OWI. It is costly.

    Hopefully Scott has learned from this and will grow away from this and continue being the productive citizen he has been.

    Time will tell and I wish him the best so this never happens again!

  8. JUST ME Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Give the guy a break.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Give him a break? Would you be saying that if he hit someone? He is an adult and knows the consequences of driving drunk. On top of that he tryes to run. No break. Full sentence.

      • D GERMUNDSON Reply Report comment

        April 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        he is doing jail time he did not get off READ THE PAPER

      • anymouse Reply Report comment

        April 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        I wouldn’t say that either if he hit someone, but he didn’t.

        I also wouldn’t say that if his car had become airborne and flown to Des Moines and landed on the governor’s front yard.

        But again, none of those things happened.

        If they had he would have been charged with more serious crimes. But they didn’t, and he wasn’t.

        You are charged with the crimes you commit, not the crimes you didn’t commit.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    What a waste of time. This guy could have killed someone. First offense or not, he tryed to run and those charges should not have been dismissed.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Suspend,dismiss,reduce,plea bargain and REPEAT offender. If I was a cop I would not even bother stopping or arresting anyone. Why waste your time?