Storm Lake Man Sentenced to Prison for OWI Offenses

A Storm Lake man has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court to serve up to five years in prison for multiple intoxicated driving offenses.

According to the BV County Attorney’s Office, 20-year-old Jafet Almendarez previously pleaded guilty to Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd or Subsequent Offense, a class D felony. He will serve up to five years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

According to a criminal complaint, Almendarez’s latest OWI arrest occurred in the early morning hours of August 24th of last year. He was pulled over in the 700 block of Geisinger Road in Storm Lake. Almendarez was described as having blood shot watery eyes, and the odor of alcohol was coming from his person. He refused a preliminary breath test. Almendarez had a prior OWI conviction in Dakota County, Nebraska in March of last year.