Report: Man passed out behind wheel with foot on gas, speedometer reads 120 m.p.h.
Authorities say they arrested a Monticello man after finding him unresponsive behind the wheel in the lawn of a rural Dyersville residence with his back tires still spinning.
Rene Ramos Diaz, 26, Monticello, was arrested for OWI second offense, Feb. 14.
According to court documents, authorities were called to the 3000 block of 210th Street at 2:15 a.m. Feb. 14 for a report of an unresponsive subject in a still-running vehicle.
The reporting party told dispatch that the driver’s foot was on the gas and the speedometer showed 120 mph.
Authorities arrived on the scene at 2:23 a.m. and saw the vehicle was in the front yard of the residence and it appeared that it had driven through the ditch to where it eventually became stuck in the snow.
“The vehicle was running with the engine revved up extremely high and the rear wheels still spinning,” the report states.
The deputy made attempts to wake up Diaz, which were unsuccessful. At that point, the deputy began trying to break the window, and after some time trying to gain access to the vehicle, Diaz woke up, documents state.
After exiting the vehicle, Diaz showed signs of intoxication, the report states. Due to the temperature being 18 degrees below zero, Diaz was put in the back of the patrol car and transported to the Dyersville Police Department, but he was not under arrest at this point.
Once at the station, Diaz’s blood-alcohol content tested at .187% and he was placed under arrest. Diaz was also cited with failure to provide proof of financial liability.
Diaz posted an unsecured appearance bond Feb. 14 and is due in court March 4.