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Iowa City man accused of crashing truck while intoxicated, with two passengers receiving 'life-threatening injuries'

Police say drugs, alcohol were found in the vehicle

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man is accused causing a single-vehicle accident Wednesday while driving intoxicated, injuring three of the occupants of the truck he had been driving.

Austin Allison-Schuppert, 29, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and serious injury by vehicle, a Class D felony. The accident happened around 12:25 a.m. Wednesday and left one victim with disfigurement to her face and another with disfigurement to his arm as well as causing a “substantial risk of death,” according to a criminal complaint.

According to a media release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, in the early morning hours Wednesday officers received the report of a motor vehicle crash at 3181 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE in rural Johnson County. Police say the accident happened on private property “and involved a single pickup truck with four occupants, two of whom were in the back of the truck at the time of the crash.” Three of the truck’s occupants were taken to University of Iowa Hospital for treatment, with two of them sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to the release.

Police say Allison-Schuppert admitted to drinking two beers before driving. The criminal complaint said an officer noticed he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and watery eyes.

Officers found an open container of alcohol and marijuana inside the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Additionally, Allison-Schuppert admitted a pipe found in his front pocket was his, according to the complaint.

After being taken into custody, police said Allison-Schuppert was exiting a patrol car when a baggy of marijuana fell on to the ground. He also admitted it was his, according to the complaint.

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A Class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison. His bond has been set at $17,000 cash.

This incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Solon Fire Department and the Johnson County Ambulance Service.

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