Documents: Man failed sobriety tests after Epworth crash

Associated Press

EPWORTH (AP) — Documents say a man failed field sobriety tests after a utility vehicle crash in eastern Iowa that killed four teenage boys last month.

The Telegraph Herald reports a search warrant to take photographs and a blood sample from Joseph Connolly shows deputies smelled alcohol on the 24-year-old following the Aug. 2 crash at the intersection of two roads near Epworth.

Police say Connolly, who was driving a pickup, failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a four-wheeled utility vehicle carrying Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. All were 14.

Dubuque County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Dalsing wrote in the warrant that Connolly failed two of three standardized field sobriety tests. No charges have been filed in the case.

Online court records indicate Connolly pleaded guilty in 2010 to Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, and in 2013 to Consumption or Intoxication in Public Places, a simple misdemeanor.

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