Des Moines High School Basketball Coach Arrested for OWI

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Just two days before his basketball head coaching debut police say Des Moines Lincoln’s first year varsity head coach Justin Einerson was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit.

A Des Moines Police OWI Investigation Report states 32-year-old Justin Einerson was pulled over Sunday just before noon in the 4200 block of Hickman Road.

The arresting officer noted that Einerson, “Smelled of alcohol and had both slurred speech and blood-shot watery eyes.” Einerson also did not pass an initial eye test given by the officer.

The report also states officers skipped field sobriety tests because, “Justin was too drunk to take these tests” and that, “Justin could not stand on his own.”

Instead Einerson was given a breathalyzer test, showing a blood alcohol level of .332 at the scene.  Once at the station, a second test shows a level of .311, nearly four times the legal limit.  Officers also noticed damage to Einerson’s car but say he acted confused when asked about it.  They also say he was confused about how much he had to drink but did admit to drinking the night before.  Just two days after the arrest, Einerson was back with the team, leading the Railsplitters in their first game against Johnston.

Des Moines Public Schools Communications Director Phil Roeder tells us, “DMPS employees are required to notify the district within three days of any arrests, which the coach did.  He is able to continue his work coaching for Lincoln, but cannot transport students.  This is consistent with other employees who faced this charge for the first time.”

We attempted to speak with Coach Einerson after Lincoln`s practice but after an hour of waiting in the gym without camera equipment we were escorted off school grounds by a Des Moines School Resource Officer.  Einerson was released on $1,000 bond.  He’s scheduled to be back in court on Monday December 5th.

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