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Mason City man charged with felony drunk driving after crashing vehicle into train


This news story was published on September 13, 2019.
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MASON CITY – A Mason City man is in jail, charged with felony drunk driving after crashing his vehicle into a train.

Monday morning, September 2 at 1:48 AM, Mason City police officers responded to a vehicle that had collided with a train in the 500 block of 6th Street SW. Police say a 1999 Dodge Dakota was eastbound when it collided with a Union Pacific train traveling north. The owner and driver of the Dodge Dakota, 42-year-old Matthew Bernhardt of Mason City, was taken to Mercy One and treated for injuries.

A Mason City police department spokesman tells NIT Friday that Bernhardt was arrested on September 13, 2019 in connection to this incident.

“Officers conducted an investigation into the incident following the crash. Bernhardt had been observed drinking by officers in a licensed liquor establishment. He had signs of drinking and impairment at the crash scene after hitting the train. Officers applied for a search warrant and obtained a blood sample for testing with resulted in excess of 0.08. This is third offense OWI (a felony). Bernhardt was also charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing.”

Bernhardt remained in jail Friday, awaiting a court appearance.

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8 Responses to Mason City man charged with felony drunk driving after crashing vehicle into train

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 17, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Look at his face, does he strike you as a thinking man? looks like a halfwit, acts like a half wit. must be a dipshit.

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    JK Reply Report comment

    September 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    It said in excess of .08 so it was probably more like .25

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 16, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      The criminal complaint says .226 bac.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 16, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Wow, a .o8. To a guy this size that is not even two drinks. .o8 is nothing but a excuse to arrest people.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 16, 2019 at 11:03 am

      After two OWI arrests (This one is his third) His blood alcohol level should be 0.00 when ever he gets behind the wheel of a car!!!!!
      Can’t even believe you would make an excuse for a three time drunk driver.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      It said in excess of .08 so it could have been .20

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    Wiseguys Patron Reply Report comment

    September 15, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Too bad. Get yourself some help Matt. You’re lucky to be alive. Lucky if you don’t go to prison.

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      September 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      So, couldn’t even make it a block, before someone got hurt. Glad it was him!