MASON CITY – A Mason City man is guilty of felony drunk driving and is in jail, but avoided prison.
A vehicle driven by 39-year-old Anthony Mark Cox was stopped by Mason City police for a traffic violation at 12:33 AM Saturday morning March 19, 2016, at the 000 block of South Penn Avenue. After an investigation, Cox was arrested for felony third offense operating while intoxicated and taken to the county jail. One of the arresting MCPD officers performed a breath alcohol test at the county jail at 1:30 AM on a male subject (not necessarily Cox) and the result was 0.233 and 0.232 – nearly triple the legal limit.
Cox later pleaded guilty to felony third-offense operating while intoxicated, but the “habitual offender” tag was dropped. He was sentenced to a suspended 5-year prison term, 30 days in the county jail, three years of probation, had his driver’s license revoked, and must pay $4,408.75 in fines and court fees. He is serving his jail sentence at this time.
Cox was caught drunk driving in 2008 (Iowa State Patrol) and in 2006 (Clear Lake police), records show, and was guilty both times.