Drunk Driver Speeds onto Raccoon River Trail, Crashes

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ADEL, Iowa — A metro man was arrested after he was allegedly found driving drunk on the Raccoon River bike trail last week.

On Aug. 29, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Seth Applegate, 25, of Clive. At the time of his arrest, deputies said his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

They say  the man drove onto the eight-foot-wide trail and crashed his vehicle through a bridge and fell into the creek below just outside of Adel city limits, early Saturday morning.

“It’s not every day you have an OWI on bike trail,” laughed Lieutenant Adam Infante. “Luckily the timing of the incident was at 4: 30 in the morning there was not a lot of bike traffic, otherwise there could have been casualties.”

It’s unsure if Applegate thought the trail was a road but deputies say he drove on the trail for more than a quarter of a mile .

Bicyclist Sarah Cooper, was biking along the trail shortly after it happened.

“To see a drunk driver on the bike path, that is supposedly our safe haven where they want people to ride their bikes, it made me angry,” she said. “Very, very angry.”

While no one was injured, Cooper said the incident hits close to home. Last month, her friend Wade Franck was killed by a drunk driver when he was riding his bike.

Applegate is being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He is charged with OWI in the first degree, driving while barred, criminal mischief in the second degree, and reckless driving.

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