MASON CITY – A Plymouth woman was taken to jail after a deputy discovered her car in a ditch outside Mason City.
At about 1:30 AM, a Cerro Gordo deputy was at 12th Street NE and Florida Avenue to investigate a car that was in the ditch. An ambulance was summonsed to come to the scene, before the deputy alerted that the female driver, 20-year-old Alexis Elizabeth Ballantyne, was at the scene and uninjured. The car appeared, at first, to have rolled over, but then it was determined that it had only driven straight into the ditch. After an investigation, the officer determined that Ballantyne was intoxicated and arrested her for first offense operating while intoxicated.
The arresting officer conducted a breath alcohol test at the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office on a female subject at 2:26 AM, and the two results were 0.190 and 0.188. The legal limit is 0.08.
Ballantyne was soon released from jail, pending a court date.
Ballantyne is a bank teller at NSB Bank and a student in the criminal justice program at NIACC, she claims via social media. In August of this year, she pled guilty to second offense possession of alcohol under the legal age. She was ordered to pay $798.50 in fines and fees by a judge, and later alerted that she is past due in paying that balance.