North Liberty man allegedly found with near dangerous BAC when arrested for second OWI


A North Liberty man’s BAC was reportedly dangerously high when he was arrested for his second OWI early Monday.

North Liberty police observed a vehicle at the entrance of a closed business on a dead end road just before 12:50 am. The driver, later identified as Julio Salcido Ayala of Alydar Drive reportedly got out of his 2013 Chevy Malibu, then returned behind the wheel. He then was allegedly seen driving to another closed business, where he shut his vehicle off.

Officers made contact with Ayala on suspicion of drunken driving.  He allegedly admitted to drinking earlier, and had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and the odor of ingested alcohol.  After performing field sobriety tests, he provided a PBT showing his BAC at .260 percent. That figure rose to .295 percent under a Datamaster test.

Medical authorities report that a blood-alcohol level at that level can severely impair all mental, physical and sensory functions. An individual has trouble with comprehension and can pass out suddenly with that much alcohol in their bloodstream.

A check of Ayala’s records showed him to be barred from driving.

He was charged for driving while barred and OWI second offense. If convicted on both counts, he could be sentenced to up to four years in jail.