Iowa State trooper arrested for OWI after crashing into median in Ames

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An Iowa State Patrol trooper has been charged with operating under the influence after crashing into a median on Highway 30 early Friday morning.

Christopher Burrows, 37, of Nevada, crashed his Ford F-150 near the South Duff Avenue exit at 2:45 a.m. Friday. Ames police found Burrows passed out in the driver's seat with the vehicle still running, according to a criminal complaint.

Burrows was a 2019 graduate of the 43rd Iowa State Patrol Basic Academy and was assigned to District 1 in Des Moines. Burrows worked in law enforcement prior to joining the Iowa State Patrol, according to the ISP website.

Iowa State Patrol Spokesman Sgt. Alex Dinkla said he could not comment on the incident as it is a personnel matter.

The trooper had bloodshot and watery eyes and officers smelled alcohol on his breath. Burrows told officers he was drunk at the scene, according to the complaint. He later told Ames police he did not remember anything after leaving a bar earlier that night, according to the complaint.

Burrows was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center where a warrant for a blood draw was served.

Burrows was then arrested by the Ames Police Department and charged with operating under the influence, according to the Ames police arrest logs. Burrows has since been released from the Story County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.

This article originally appeared on Ames Tribune: Ames Police: Iowa State trooper charged with OWI after I-30 crash

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