BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County District Associates Court has sentenced 26 year-old Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza from Ames, Iowa to five years in state prison for the crime of Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd or Subsequent Offense in violation of Iowa Code.
According to the complaint filed with the court, on October 15, 2016, deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 1900 block of 230th street of a report of a vehicle in a ditch. A Deputy arrived at the scene and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza. At first Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza stated that he had not been drinking alcohol. However, the Deputy smelled a strong odor of ingested alcohol on Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza’s breathe, he also displayed poor balance, had blood shot and watery eyes, and slurred speech. Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza performed a series of Standard Field Sobriety tests in which he performed poorly. He eventually consented to a Datamaster breath test which registered a breath alcohol of .285%. The legal limit is up to .08%. A records check revealed that Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza was previously convicted of Operating While Intoxicated on August 4, 2010 and April 7, 2016.
Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense and he was sentenced on January 17, 2017. At sentencing the defendant requested 30 days and the State recommended five (5) years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections. The District Associates Court sentenced Gustavo Alvarez-Mendoza to five (5) years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections and ordered a fine of $3,125 plus 35% surcharge.
The State of Iowa was represented by Assistant Boone County Attorney, Matt Speers. The case was investigated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
(contributed article and photo, Boone County Attorney)