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Drunk driver shows up for court – drunk – and is taken to jail

MASON CITY – Alcohol is a powerful drug.

A Mason City man who already faced a charge of felony third offense drunk driving previously and was caught yet again this past April showed up for court Monday, intoxicated, and was taken to jail.

Daniel Lewis Monson, age 46, was due in court Monday, August 29 at 11 AM for a plea hearing connected to his latest drunk driving arrest, which took place on April 4. However, right before his hearing was to begin, he was witnessed allegedly drunk at the courthouse. He was promptly arrested and taken to the county jail, where he is still being held. His hearing was re-scheduled for September 12.

Manson had been stopped by a Cerro Gordo deputy at 12:43 AM, April 4, near Federal Avenue and Nature Center Road, on the north side of town. The deputy investigated and saw that Monson allegedly had an open container of alcohol. Further investigation led to the arrest of Monson on a charge of second offense operating while intoxicated, open container of alcohol, and littering.

Monson is no stranger to consuming booze, driving a car and then ending up behind bars. In 2007, he was charged with felony third offense operating while intoxicated in Cerro Gordo county after a deputy arrested him. Monson was able to plead that down to first offense.

Monson, Daniel Lewis
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