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State Lawmaker Charged With Drunken Driving

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John Pemble
Rep. Scott Ourth, D-Ackworth, speaks at the Iowa Capitol in 2017.

State Rep. Scott Ourth has been charged with drunken driving after a weekend arrest in northwest Iowa.

Ourth is a Democrat from Ackworth, representing part of Warren County south of Des Moines. According to a complaint filed in Cherokee County, police on Saturday night saw a truck with its headlights off.

Police report Ourth smelled of alcohol and had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.

In a statement, Ourth said he made a "terrible mistake."

"I am profoundly embarrassed by my actions and accept full responsibility," Ourth said. "With support from my family, friends, and faith community, I'm meeting this situation head-on and taking the necessary steps to address this issue to make sure it never happens again, which includes professional counseling." 

Ourth is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 28. 

Katarina Sostaric is IPR's State Government Reporter