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Woman arrested for drunk driving and 7 counts of child endangerment

MASON CITY – A woman is behind bars in Mason City this morning, arrested for felony drunk driving and seven counts of child endangerment – at least the second such time she has drove drunk with children in her vehicle.

Lillie Jean Thurman, age 31 with a last known address of Mason City, was booked into the Cerro Gordo county jail at 11:13 PM Saturday night.  She stands charged with felony third-offense operating while under the influence.  She is also charged with seven counts of failure to secure a child and seven counts of child endangerment.   She also apparently failed to have her headlights on.

Thurman was las charged with drunk driving back in 2017, when Mason City police took her into custody on a charge of second-offense operating while under the influence and three counts of child endangerment.  She was able to plead the drunk driving charge down to first-offense and got two counts of child endangerment tossed out.  She was ordered to pay over $2,000 in fines and court costs and served a short jail sentence of two days, along with probation, which expired last year.

Thurman was also nabbed by cops for her participation in a disturbance back in 2014 along Monroe Avenue in Mason City.  In that fracas, which occurred Wednesday night, August 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM, callers reported to police that several men and women were arguing and pushing each other in the liquor store parking lot at 1st NW and North Monroe Avenue. Officers and deputies responded and made several arrests in the area. Iowa State Patrol and Mason City Fire Department also responded.  Several participants fled on foot or in vehicles as law enforcement arrived.  Thurman was arrested for disorderly conduct; she pled guilty and paid $214.50 in fines and court costs.

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