Two Cited On OWI Charges After Two Separate Sioux County Accidents

Date posted - March 16, 2013

skull key owi drunk drivingOrange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that alcohol was involved and arrests were made in two car accidents, which both occurred this past Thursday evening.

An Orange City man is charged with OWI and three other offenses in the first report.

They say that just before 8:30 PM, 38-year-old Daryl Van Regenmorter of Orange City was driving a 2002 Honda Accord southbound on Hospers Drive South, at the intersection with Highway 60, a mile south of Hospers. Van Regenmorter entered a curve in the roadway, and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a road sign.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that Van Regenmorter was under the influence of alcohol.

Van Regenmorter was arrested for operating while intoxicated, child endangerment, open container of alcohol and failure to maintain control.

No injuries were reported.

The Honda sustained about $2,500 in damages. The sign sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

About two hours before that, at 6:35 PM, a Sioux Center woman was charged with OWI after a separate accident.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Paula Haarsma of Sioux Center was driving a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan eastbound on 390th Street, a mile east of Sioux Center. She lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a culvert.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that Haarsma was also under the influence of alcohol.

Haarsma was arrested for operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

No injuries were reported.

The Dodge sustained about $2,200 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.

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13 Responses to “Two Cited On OWI Charges After Two Separate Sioux County Accidents”

  1. a 53 year old says:

    A 38 year old male, and a 46 year old female driving under the influence. Boy, aren’t we setting great examples for our children!

  2. Dos Equis Guy says:

    The Sioux County Sheriffs Dept. is starting to look more like the “Womens Christian Temperance Movement” than an actual crime fighting tool.

    • sheldonite says:

      they were not targeted they were unable to drive! if they were not drunk they may have made it home safe

    • sheldonite says:

      and at 6:30 on thursday wow

      • Dos Equis Guy says:

        What were the extenuating circumstances; Slick roads, a wash-boarded snow and manure covered gravel road right next to a cattle lot with a stop sign at a restricted view intersection? The only thing the Deputies are looking for these days is the slightest whiff of demon alcohol, and if you are tested at .0080000000001 you are going directly to jail.

        I’m going to put the “Text-a-Tip” number on speed dail and start squealing on all the drivers out there talking and texting, talking to their passangers not watching the road, not wearing their seat belts, kids bopping about in the SUV, driving under the posted speed limit, eating while driving and anything else I feel is a danger. I’m much more likely to get hit by one of the above drivers than by someone who had 3 beers after a hard day of work and are being extra careful on the drive home.

        • O'douls says:

          If you’re going to have your three beers after a hard day at work, do it at home after you have transported the kids. Child endangerment charges might still come, if you go beyond the three and have no one else to look out for the kids. Parenthood is a responsibilty, grown ups need to act like grown ups!

          • NOTTABIKER says:

            Welcome to the 21st century, where there is a Safety Nazi at every corner waiting to RAT out everyone who fails to conform to the status quo. Wasn’t to long ago, where three beers would’nt even be an issue, but thanx to incrementalism, it is now legally drunk. By the way ODOULS, did you somehow survive child hood without a femmy looking bicycle helmet, and a car seat. You probably still use them

        • Art says:

          As it should be.

          There is no excuse for driving under the influence. Grow some responsibility, if you are able.

          People who have the opinion that driving after 3 beers is “no big deal” are precisely the reason that it’s illegal to drive while drunk. It IS a big deal.

          I hope you do put the “text-a-tip” number on speed dial. That’s what it’s there for.

          On another note, it would be impossible to measure, but driving while drowsy is at least as bad, perhaps worse. If you can’t keep your eyes open, you need to pull over and have a nap.

          • Child of the '60s says:

            I guess it’s not politically correct to mention The White Headed Bird of Prey establishment. It shows up like this…………….

          • NOTTABIKER says:

            Art, if you can stay awake long enough, you should stand at a busy intersection, armed with your trusty speed dial, and report sleepy looking people to the lawdogs. And for god’s sake, if you happen to spot anyone who “you” think are under 18, using tobacco products, please save the world, and the criminal smoker, by calling the law. I am going to sleep good tonite, Knowing that Sleepy Art is keeping my neighborhood safe from second hand smoke

          • Child of the '60s says:

            Back in the good old days 3 beers was not considered under the influence because it is not. It’s amazing that this adult is still breathing, what with all our dads driving home late at night after bowling league or a night at …………… (you know what I am sayin), smoking camel straights with all us kids in the car with no seat belts and a speed limit of 70 mph while riding on bias ply tires.

            How do I get out of this Nanny State and get back to the good old days where common sense ruled the day instead of know it all do gooder Nannies bent on control.

  3. Art says:

    I’m sure you’re aware, but for those who aren’t — only knowing someone has had 3 beers doesn’t tell you how drunk they are. For that you need two other things. You need to know how big the person is, and how quickly the beers were consumed. 3 beers in 6 hours — probably not a big deal. 3 beers in 6 minutes? That’s a different story. If you weigh 90 pounds, 3 beers is a lot. If you way 300, it’s probably not. It’s all relative. That’s why you can’t say it’s OK to drive after 3 beers. It really depends on the circumstances.

  4. juicey bananas says:

    Our money hungry court and law enforcement are going to far.These low alcohol rates for DWI are not for safety kiddies there for makin money.

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