CLEAR LAKE – According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, 50-year-old Donald Joseph Reuter was paroled from prison on October 9th after serving 5 years and 10 months in prison. Reuter had been sentenced to prison in January 2007 following a guilty plea in Hancock County to a class C felony 1st degree theft of more than $10,000 from a Garner Business.
Shortly after 1:21pm on Saturday afternoon a rural resident in the 5400 block of 275TH Street to the north of Clear Lake called the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department to report someone pulling up to his fuel barrel and trying to get gas from it.
When deputies encountered Reuter he was found he had no valid drivers license and an open container of alcohol in the vehicle he was driving.
Reuter was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and refused to take a BAC test at 2:25pm. Reuter was then booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on one serious misdemeanor count of OWI 1st offense, and one simple misdemeanor count of criminal trespass. Reuter was also cited for open container – by driver, and no valid drivers license.
Reuter was not charged with theft because he was unable to get any gas. Reuter has since been released from custody pending further court proceedings.
Reuter’s criminal record include a 2002 class C felony conviction in Blackhawk County for possession of meth with intent to deliver, and 3 class D felony convictions in Blackhawk County for 2nd degree thefts of over $5,000 each. He was sentenced to one 10 year prison term and three 5 year prison terms in those cases.
According to the Iowa Department of Corrections Reuter is under their supervision while he is on parole. Reuter is not scheduled to be off parole until April 24th, 2016. At this time online records do not show an action being taken by the Iowa Department of Corrections for his arrest 19 days after his release from prison.