Scott County Deputy pleads guilty to misdemeanor OWI charge

Scott County Deputy pleads guilty to misdemeanor OWI charge

A Scott County Deputy who pleaded guilty to a serious misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence has been sentenced, according to Scott County Court records.


Christopher P. Carter was sentenced March 6 to serve 92 days in the Scott County Jail, with credit for any time previously served. All but two days were suspended and he was placed on in-home detention, serving “two days of in-home detention for each day of incarceration.” He was placed on unsupervised probation for one year.

As part of his probation, he was ordered to complete a substance evaluation and any recommended treatment, as well as the Iowa Course for Drinking Drivers, court records say.

Carter remains a Scott County deputy, and is on non-administrative leave, Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane told Our Quad Cities News on Monday.

The incident

About 3:18 a.m. Dec. 1, 2023, a Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy requested assistance with a traffic stop in the area of 240th Avenue and 257th Street in rural Princeton, according to arrest affidavits. An Iowa State Trooper arrived at the scene and spoke with the deputy, who said he stopped a black 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The van was registered to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, affidavits say.

The deputy said the driver, Christopher P. Carter, “was a deputy with their agency” and he wanted the trooper to speak with him. The trooper did, and alleges in affidavits that Carter “had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet.”

“Carter had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath,” the trooper alleges in affidavits. “Carter did not wish to answer questions but did wish to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Testing,” affidavits show. During the test the trooper saw “multiple validated clues indicating impairment.”

Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane confirmed Carter was working his shift on Dec. 1 and that Carter was on administrative leave.

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