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UPDATE: Waterloo officer’s BAC twice the legal limit

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A Waterloo police officer is charged with Operating Under the Influence 1st Offense.

Online court documents show 33-year-old Jessica Brownell bonded out of jail on May 13. Those same documents show an incident occurred on May 12.

UPDATE: The criminal complaint into the OWI incident of Jessica Brownell, a Waterloo police officer, shows her blood alcohol content was .157% at the time, twice the legal limit of .08%.

Brownell crashed early Sunday around 2:20 a.m. in the s-curves of Rainbow Drive, near Green Line Polymers where the speed limit is just 10 mph.

Waterloo Police responded to the call initially, but handed over the investigation to the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office once realizing the incident involved personnel.

Sheriff’s Office Captain Mark Herbst said, “We were requested by the Waterloo Police Department to handle this investigation, this is considered standard protocol. We handled the case just as we would handle any other accident investigation or OWI investigation.”

Brownell was asked to do a field sobriety test and failed. The report said she has blood shot eyes, slurred speech and could not stand on one leg or complete the walk-and-turn test.

She was arrested and taken to the Black Hawk County Jail.

Court records show she posted bond Monday.

KWWL has not heard if there will be any disciplinary action by Waterloo Police.

KWWL Staff

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