A Des Moines man faces a laundry list of charges after police say he tried to escape from them by driving into the Des Moines River. Police tried to pull over Albert Lopez for suspected drunk driving early Wednesday morning when they say he took off, speeding through several stop signs before driving into the Des Moines River near Prospect Park. He was rescued by Des Moines firefighters and, according to police reports, a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol level of .145. Lopez’ roommate says she saw him driving drunk, but she never expected he would do something like this.
“I stopped the car and let him go and I told him.. I saw he was drunk because I know him, right? I say hey where you going? And he ignore me.” Says roommate Ada Artero, “I was so scared. So surprised. I thought the police was going to give me really bad news. But I feel really disappointed about it.”
Police plan to charge Lopez with OWI; evading police; and a number of traffic violations. He is being held in Polk County Jail on almost $7,000 bond.