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Police: Coralville man drove drunk, seriously injured passenger

Passenger suffered broken ribs and back

CORALVILLE — A Coralville man is accused of driving drunk and causing serious injuries to his passenger.

Around 4:11 a.m. May 9, 38-year-old Marcus D. Garvin was driving a black Pontiac Bonneville west on Seventh Street at 13th Avenue, Coralville police said. Garvin drove off the side of the road into a power line and multiple parked vehicles.

Police said Garvin showed signs of intoxication and had admitted to officers during an earlier interaction that night that he had been drinking. Police also found an empty bottle of Fireball Whisky behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Both Garvin and his passenger — who is not identified in criminal complaints — were taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The passenger had a large cut across her face, chest pain, a bloody foot and was unable to stand on her own. The woman later reported from the hospital that she suffered at least two broken ribs and a broken back.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for Garvin’s blood and it has been submitted to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to determine his drug and alcohol content at the time of the crash.

Garvin has been arrested and faces charges of serious injury by vehicle, a Class D felony; drunken driving, a serious misdemeanor; and public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. He was also cited for failure to maintain control, open container, failure to have a valid license and not having insurance. He faces more than six years in prison for the offenses, if convicted.

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