Cedar Rapids man over three times legal limit to drive when charged with OWI


A Cedar Rapids man was allegedly over three times the legal limit to drive when he was arrested for operating under the influence Monday night.

Police say 57-year-old Jeffrey Lee of Glass Road Northeast was involved in a single-vehicle accident in his 2001 Chevy Malibu just after 9pm on Amana Road in Swisher. Deputies who arrived on scene reportedly observed Lee with many signs of intoxication, including him staggering around the vehicle, having bloodshot watery eyes, and having the odor of ingested alcohol.

When asked to do field tests, Lee allegedly said that he was drunk; he refused a PBT but a Datamaster test showed his blood-alcohol level at .293, well over three times the legal amount to drive.

Lee was charged with OWI first offense, a serious misdemeanor, and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.