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Charges of striking parked cars dropped against drunk driver

MASON CITY – Charges against a woman for striking parked cars while driving drunk have been dismissed.

The incident took place August 9, 2016. At 5:25 AM that morning, a collision was reported at 944 17th Street NE. A caller reported a motorist had struck two parked vehicles near this location. Officers with the Mason City police department responded and stopped the driver of the offending vehicle, 23-year-old Nicole Lynn Rippentrop, nearby.

Rippentrop was arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated and two counts of striking an unattended vehicle.

Rippentrop later entered a guilty plea in the drunk driving charge and was sentence to 2 days in jail, lost her driver’s license, and must pay $1,851.50 in fines and court fees as well as restitution.

Later in December, the two charges of striking unattended vehicles were dropped, but she was assessed court costs of $120.

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