Iowa man accused of drunken driving with kids in the car had previous child endangerment charge

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Of the 54 drivers involved in fatal alcohol-related crashes in Iowa in 2016, 43 percent of them were repeat drunk driving offenders. Since 2005, more than 134,000 people have been charged with drunken driving.

Authorities believe a 24-year-old Des Moines man barred from driving was drunk while speeding with multiple children in his car.

Trevar N. Rippey has been charged with operating while intoxicated, first offense; driving while barred as a habitual offender; and four counts of child endangerment.

He was pulled over while driving on Interstate 235 in Des Moines at 10:42 p.m. Tuesday by an Iowa State Patrol trooper. The trooper caught Rippey going 68 mph in a 55 mph zone near Exit 8B for East Village, according to a criminal complaint.

Rippey, who reported living in the 2900 block of Rutland Avenue, had watery eyes and was slow to answer the trooper’s questions, court records show. The trooper also noticed an alcohol odor coming from the vehicle. 

Trevar N. Rippey shown in his Polk County Jail mugshot.

Trevar N. Rippey shown in his Polk County Jail mugshot. (Photo: Provided photo/Special to the Register)

During a field sobriety test, Rippey showed “6 out of 6 clues” for intoxication, according to court documents. He refused to give a breath sample during the field test at the scene of the arrest and again after being taken into custody.

A 25-year-old woman was in the passenger seat, the report states, and her 18-month-old daughter was in the car. Along with the baby, three of Rippey’s children — ranging in age from 17 months to 7 years old — were in the car, and two were not buckled. One child who supposed to be in a car seat was in a booster seat, court records show.ADVERTISING

A probation officer for Rippey, who has a slew of misdemeanor guilty pleas in Polk County on his record, wrote in a court document Wednesday that he should lose his probation. Rippey has managed to avoid prison despite child endangerment, domestic abuse and multiple driving while barred charges.

“This officer is recommending that as a result of the above allegations, the Court revoke the Defendant’s probation due to the (Defendant) continuing to put the public as well as children in danger,” probation officer Austin Sabin wrote.

Since 2012, Rippey has more than 25 entries in Iowa Court Online for state and city traffic offenses. He also has a history of driving while barred and child endangerment charges.

Des Moines police say Rippey was smoking marijuana April 2, 2018 in the 1500 block of Clark Street with two of his small children in the car.

Police found a baggy and half-smoked “marijuana cigarette” in the Pontiac G6 he was driving. He was given a suspended two-year prison sentence for each of his two counts of child endangerment and a suspended one-year prison sentence for possession of marijuana. 

About two years earlier, in 2016, he pleaded guilty to driving while barred and possession of marijuana and was given a three-year suspended prison sentence. Months after being caught driving while barred, he was accused of repeatedly kicking the car door of the mother of his children, court records show. He was given a suspended one-year jail sentence for fourth-degree criminal mischief. 

He was caught again in 2016, this time in October, driving while barred. He was given another two-year suspended prison sentence, court records show. That same year, he was found guilty of domestic abuse, first offense and was sentenced to 30 days in jail but was given credit for time served. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/03/15/interstate-235-drunken-driving-trevar-rippey-iowa-state-patrol-polk-county-des-moines-crime/3170347002/

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