MASON CITY – A drunk driver who crashed his car in Rock Falls and left the scene – but left his cell phone behind – took a plea deal Wednesday in Cerro Gordo county district court.
Patrick Dean Nicholson, age 54, is now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail serving seven days after pleading guilty Wednesday to operating while intoxicated, first offense.
In August of last year, Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs received a call about a property damage accident in Rock Falls. A vehicle was seen in town that had struck at least one tree and was found abandoned when police arrived on the scene, located at River Street and Spring Creek Lane.
A male driver was later located; sources told NIT that the man had left a cell phone in the vehicle. Nicholson was later arrested and charged.
Nicholson plead guilty in 1994 to OWI second offense in Linn county. He owes over $2,000 in court fines and fees for his previous two OWI charges, which the courts are trying to recover.