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Plymouth woman to stand trial in drunk driving case

MASON CITY – A Plymouth woman who was discovered in her car in a ditch outside Mason City last October and charged with drunk driving will stand trial next year.

Alexis Elizabeth Ballantyne, age 20, will stand jury trial on February 3 for first offense drunk driving.

At about 1:30 AM on October 4, a Cerro Gordo deputy was at 12th Street NE and Florida Avenue to investigate a car that was in the ditch. An ambulance was summoned to come to that location, before the deputy alerted that the female driver, 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 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.

Alexis Ballantyne

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These should really be ignored by society as bars and alcohol churn out people over the legal limit EVERY SINGLE DAY/NIGHT. One day if I become powerful enough, I will take on the alcohol industry directly and hopefully either revise the laws , force public transportation options, or shut these assholes down.

@Matt-I think they watch 19th St. but look the other way for certain vehicles.

@NIT-It is worth a shot. But, as much as they are afraid of you I would bet they know your car.

I understand and realize that having intoxicated people on the road is detrimental and dangerous, and YES society is better off having drunks off the road. But this situation is a precarious one, full of contradictions, double standards and hypocrisies, and for this I speak out against carte blanche DUI arrests by police. Especially when I hear that Mayor Crabb in Clear Lake denied a new taxi cab service to protect Chief Wiggum’s ability to make DUI arrests.

she might want to change careers.

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