On Tuesday January 31, 2017 at approximately 1:40am a deputy with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle that had been reported as having driven off the road on 270th St in Graettinger, IA. A Maroon Chevy truck driven by Ruben Lopez Jr. (48) of Grafton, ND was stopped at N Van Gordan and Des Moines St. Lopez was believed to be impaired and his sobriety was tested. Lopez was placed under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated and taken to the Palo Alto County Jail.
Lopez was booked into jail and charged with Failure to Maintain Control a Simple Misdemeanor and OWI 2nd which is a Aggravated Misdemeanor.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.