Johnson County Metro

Des Moines man with .340 BAC arrested after driving backward on Interstate 80

Man was backing up to reach Johnson County rest area, complaint says

TIFFIN — A Des Moines man with a .340 blood alcohol content was arrested Sunday night after being observed driving backward on Interstate 80.

According a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office criminal complaint, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 42-year-old George E. Baker was spotted backing up in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 to the rest area at the 237 mile marker. Police said Baker then got out of his vehicle and urinated on the side of the road.

Baker was unsteady and could not complete standard field sobriety tests, authorities said. A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .340 percent. A second test later showed his blood alcohol content to be .238 percent, authorities said. The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Iowa is .08 percent.

Baker was arrested and faces one count of drunken driving, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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