Woman under the influence attempts to elude deputies


A woman threw an empty bottle at an off-duty Des Moines policeman’s vehicle while she was driving and then attempted to elude law enforcement. The chase covering 10 miles was resolved safely, said Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman.

Anissa Kayrie Irwin, 29, of Centerville, was arrested recently and taken to Marshall County Jail on charges of operating while under the influence-third offense – a Class D felony – and eluding, according to criminal complaints and affidavits filed in Marshall County District Court.

Hoffman said the off-duty Des Moines policeman alerted the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office of Irwin’s erratic driving. Hoffman said Irwin refused to pull over despite efforts by deputies using sirens and lights. Irwin eventually made her way to Highway 30 and 18th Avenue in Marshalltown and drove the wrong way before crossing the median in an effort to escape. Irwin eventually pulled into a dead-end street where she was apprehended.

At her initial appearance, Irwin was ordered held on $6,000 cash-only bond and was appointed a public defender. Her preliminary hearing is March 22.