Keokuk Co. Sheriff Arrested on OWI Charge

By Erica Pennington, Reporter

SIGOURNEY, Iowa - Iowa State Patrol Captain Mike Winter confirmed that Keokuk County Sheriff Jeff Shipley was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated at approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening in Sigourney.

According to Winter, a State Trooper initially pulled over a vehicle for a minor violation. Upon contact, the Trooper found that Shipley was behind the wheel and appeared to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Shipley was arrested and taken to the Keokuk County Jail. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Washington County will be prosecuting the case as a way to avoid any potential conflict of interest, Winter said.

No immediate comments were being made by representatives of the Keokuk County Sheriff's Office.

On November 25, 2008, Shipley plead guilty to operating a motorboat while intoxicated. According to court records, Shipley had a blood-alcohol content of 0.214 at Coralville Lake's Mehaffey Bridge boat ramp on August 1, 2008.
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