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Mason City man guilty of drunk driving after fleeing accident scene


This news story was published on December 13, 2016.
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MASON CITY – A Mason City man who fled a car crash before he struck another vehicle is guilty of his second drunk driving offense.

This dangerous situation developed on the evening of August 22, 2016. At about 7:08 PM, a caller reported a collision at 6th Street SW and Pierce Avenue. While officers were enroute, dispatch was updated that one of the involved vehicles had left without exchanging information. Officers located the fleeing vehicle in the 500 block of 14th Street SE and attempted to pull it over. During this process, the suspected run vehicle, a 1998 Oldsmobile 88, struck a parked 2004 Mercury Sable on the roadway.

Officers were able to get the driver to stop and then investigate. As a result, the driver, 29-year-old Matthew James Schneider of Mason City, was arrested for second-offense operating while intoxicated; failure to maintain control; leaving the scene of an accident; and failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

Schneider and his attorney, Joel Yunek, entered a guilty plea in November. He completed drunk driving school this month, and is now serving a jail term. He was put on a year of probation and must pay $2,641.25 in fines and court fees.

Schneider was caught in September of 2015 by Mason City police for drunk driving and later convicted.  He paid $1,797.50 in fines and court fees.

Matthew James Schneider

Matthew James Schneider

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5 Responses to Mason City man guilty of drunk driving after fleeing accident scene

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2016 at 6:34 am

    A year of probation and fines?? His first offense was only 11 months before that. Shouldn’t he lose his license since this is 2nd offense in a calendar year? Or does he get to keep it because he completed drunk driving school?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    First DUI in California I believe is about 10K in fines.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Most of them never pay their fines but keep on driving without a license or insurance. The fines are self defeating.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    White trash! He needs to go back to Detroit.

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      Tink87 Reply Report comment

      December 14, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Nice try. He’s a born and raised Mason City-an.