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Accident results in felony arrest

Man allegedly caught in Washington County Jail with cocaine
By Xiomara Levsen | Sep 23, 2013
Santonio Duntai Burnett

An Oxford man has charges against him due to a car accident in Washington County on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Santonio Duntai Burnett, 28, is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, which is his third offense and is a Class D felony, his court record said. A Class D felony is punishable up to five years in prison with a fine from $750 to $7,500, Iowa Code said.
He is also charged with driving while license is suspended, denied, or revoked, his court record said. This is a serious misdemeanor, which is punishable up to a year in prison and a fine from $815 to $1,875, Iowa Code 903 said.
According to his court record Burnett was in a single-car accident at the intersection of Highway 218 and 22 at 4:40 a.m. Sunday morning. Burnett was found sitting outside of the vehicle. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol and also noticed Burnett was having trouble balancing.
Once the officer began speaking with Burnett he admitted to driving the vehicle, his court record said. Burnett also admitted to drinking earlier in the evening. Once Riverside QRS cleared Burnett, the officer performed a field sobriety test and he failed, the court record said. He was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail.
Burnett also has two drug charges. The first charge is possession of a controlled substance, which is a Class D felony, his court record said. The second charge is possession of contraband in a correctional facility and is another Class D felony, the court record said.
When he was at the jail, Burnett was asked if he had anything illegal in his possession before he entered the jail and Burnett said no, the court record said. At the jail, the jail staff found a small plastic baggy in his wallet that contained a white powdery substance. After a field-test the contents tested positive for cocaine, the court record said.
Burnett appeared before the judge Monday morning. Information about his bail wasn’t available.

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