Clive woman arrested for OWI, child endangerment, assault

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McKinsey Sue Gonder, 38, of Clive was arrested Monday on charges of third-offense OWI, child endangerment-bodily injury, second-offense domestic abuse assault and driving while suspended.


A Clive woman was arrested Monday evening after allegedly drunk driving with her minor son and then assaulting two men.

McKinsey Sue Gonder, 38, of 3540 Horton Circle, Clive, was charged with third-offense OWI, child endangerment-bodily injury, second-offense domestic abuse assault and driving while suspended.

The incident began about 7:45 p.m. Monday in the 3500 block of Horton Circle in Clive, where officers of the Clive Police Department responded to a report of a fight.

The arriving officers made contact with two male victims, who said that Gonder “began fighting” with them on her arrival “and hit them both in the face” and “pushed” one of the victims “over a chair in the living room,” according to court records.

No injuries were reported to either victim.

One of the victims said that Gonder “had driven her 8-year-old son home from skiing, and she was drunk,” according to court records.

An officer “met with the child,” who said “that he thinks his mom is drunk and had driven him home from skiing,” according to court records.

The officers made contact with Gonder, who¬† “said that she had been drinking but did not drive her son home and that a friend had driven her home.”

An officer inspected a Ford Explorer that was parked in the driveway and saw that a “purse was in the front seat and the driver’s chair was pulled up very close to the wheel,” which the officer determined was consistent with how Gonder “would have the seat when she was driving.”

Gonder is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $11,300 cash or surety bond. She is scheduled for an initial appearance Tuesday in Dallas County District Court.

Gonder was convicted of first-offense OWI in May in Polk County District Court. She was convicted of first-offense domestic abuse assault in 2019 in Humboldt District Court. She was convicted of second-offense OWI in 2015 in Story County District Court. She was convicted of first-offense OWI in 2006 in Webster County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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