Cedar Rapids woman who came to bail out OWI suspect arrested for the same offense


A Cedar Rapids woman was taken into custody early Sunday morning for allegedly driving while intoxicated to the Johnson County Jail to bail out an OWI suspect.

Police say 23-year-old Maggie Sarsfield  of E Avenue NE drove to the jail at approximately 3:40am to secure the release of a person arrested for OWI about two hours prior.  Jail staff administered a breath test to Sarsfield and found her to be above the legal limit to drive.

During the officer’s impaired driving investigation, Sarsfield allegedly had bloodshot watery eyes, impaired speech, unsteady balance, and had the odor of ingested alcohol. She also reportedly admitted to drinking. After exhibiting measurable impairment on field sobriety tests, a Datamaster reading showed her BAC at .100 percent.

Sarsfield had a previous OWI in 2019 from Linn County. She was charged with her second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by a jail term of up to two years if convicted.