Public Safety

Drinking, driving and dancing lead to Cedar Rapids man's arrest

Michael P. Brooks
Michael P. Brooks

CORALVILLE — Dance like nobody’s watching.

Unless you’re driving drunk, then maybe assume a state trooper is watching.

A Cedar Rapids man was arrested Saturday after he was spotted singing and dancing in his speeding car. He also was driving under the influence, authorities said.

Michael P. Brooks, 30, was observed around 5:30 p.m. Saturday driving north on Interstate 380 in the construction zone just north of Interstate 80, according to the Iowa State Patrol. A trooper noticed Brooks as he was approaching from behind.

“Both occupants ... appeared to be singing along and dancing in the vehicle,” the criminal complaints state. “The driver ... was observed raising both hands while car dancing, and I observed a bright green wrist band on this right wrist.”

Authorities said Brooks passed the state trooper and accelerated, reaching 81 mph. Brooks was pulled over, admitted to drinking three beers in Iowa City and said his last drink was around 5 p.m. Authorities said Brooks performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

After he refused a breath test, Brooks was taken to the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety for further testing. He eventually submitted to a breath test at 7:30 p.m. It showed his blood alcohol content was 0.138 percent, authorities said.

Brooks faces charges of drunken driving and reckless driving. He also was cited for speeding in a construction zone.

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