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Carroll woman charged with OWI for Labor Day crash

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A Carroll woman had a blood-alcohol concentration of nearly three times the legal limit to drive when she crashed a utility vehicle south of Glidden and injured two passengers last month, according to court records.

Elise Soyer, 29, of Carroll, is charged with first-offense OWI. The crime is punishable by up to a year in jail, but most first-time offenders serve two days at most. Many avoid formal convictions with deferred judgments and probation.

Soyer was driving a John Deere Gator on 235th Street about three miles south of Glidden when the vehicle went off the gravel roadway for an unspecified reason and struck a utility pole about 6 p.m. on Sept. 2, which threw Soyer and passenger Brooklyn Schamens, 23, of Carroll.

Another passenger, Carla Benholtz, 58, of Carroll, was partially thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. She was later flown by a medical helicopter to a Des Moines hospital.

Soyer and Schamens suffered unspecified injuries and were taken by ambulance to St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

A blood test determined that Soyer’s blood-alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was about .232 percent.

Soyer is set to appear in court on Oct. 24, court records show.

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