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Charles City man arrested twice in same day for public intox and drunk driving after putting car in ditch


This news story was published on July 9, 2019.
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CYLINDER, IOWA – A Charles City man was arrested twice in the same day for public intoxication and drunk driving after putting his car in a ditch.

On July 7, 2019 at 2:20 AM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle in the ditch in the 3700 Block of 525th Avenue near Cylinder (North Cylinder Curve). The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, registered to 45-year-old Kelly Terpstra of Charles City was eastbound on 370th Street when it failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle entered the east ditch, came back on the road and enter the west ditch. The vehicle continue into a field and again crossed the Highway and enter the east ditch where it got stuck.

At approximately 1:51 AM, before the accident was reported, the Emmetsburg Police Department arrested the registered owner, Kelly Terpstra for public intoxication as he was located walking near the Wild Rose Casino. After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terpstra for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor and failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor. Damage to Terpstra’s vehicle was estimated at $2,000.

Terpstra was held in the Palo Alto County Jail until his initial appearance in front of a judge.

TERPSTRA, KELLY GENE

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9 Responses to Charles City man arrested twice in same day for public intox and drunk driving after putting car in ditch

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    TRIPLE LOSER!!! Two OWI’s and a Loser at the CASINO

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 10, 2019 at 3:38 am

    if he was drunk why was he released only to get in more trouble and jepardise other people

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      Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

      July 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      I would assume he drove his car into the ditch & then started walking into town. While he was walking he was crested for public Intoxication. Then someone reported his car in the ditch, which he put there before he was arrested for Public Intoxication. Once the police figured out who owned the car was in the ditch they THEN charged him with OWI also. Just my thoughts anyway….

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 11, 2019 at 8:11 pm

        That’s not the way the article tells it, if you read carefully, there is a time line.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    July 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I thought that people were put in jail for the night for public inbox. Someone lucky they didn’t get killed.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 9, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I guess sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. this one is titled “Dumb Shit” and you can read it from about seventy five yds away.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 11, 2019 at 2:26 am

      This writes for the Charles City Press newspaper….pretty good publicity for them, wouldn’t you say?