Public Safety

Complaint: Man arrested after allegedly crashing stolen vehicle

Johnson County deputies arrested a 34-year-old man Sunday night after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle while driving drunk.

According to the criminal complaint, Rogelio Rodriguez, of Columbus Junction, was driving a black 2013 Chevrolet Malibu south on Interstate 380 just north of the North Liberty exit when he was involved in a single-vehicle wreck about 11:15 p.m.

Deputies said the vehicle Rodriguez was driving was reported stolen from Cedar Rapids. According to the complaint, Rodriguez told deputies that he “thought he was driving his car,” and that he had left from the same area that the vehicle was reported stolen from.

Deputies said Rodriguez smelled strongly of ingested alcohol and exhibited slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes and poor balance. The criminal complaint states Rodriguez admitted to consuming alcohol and did poorly during field sobriety testing.

Rodriguez faces charges of first-degree theft and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

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