A Waukee man was sentenced to two years’ prison time Friday in Dallas County District Court after pleading guilty in May to a charge of second-offense OWI in connection with a September 2020 incident in which he passed out in his running car in the middle of the interstate, and law enforcement had to wake him up in order to move the vehicle.
Devan Lee Stillmunkes, 25, of 1380 S.E. Florence Dr., Waukee, was arrested Sept. 18, 2020, at about 2:30 a.m. at the 114 mile marker of U.S. Interstate 80, where he was found “passed out behind the wheel” of his 2020 Toyota Corolla, which was “sitting stationary in the travel portion of the roadway,” according to court records.
The sleeping Stillmunkes’ vehicle “was in gear and the driver’s foot on the brake” when Dallas County Deputy Sheriffs arrived, according to court records.
Stillmunkes became “verbally defiant” toward deputies, “loudly proclaiming racially charged rhetoric,” and he “continued to accuse officers of racism and at times incoherently rambled” during the course of the OWI investigation and arrest.
Stillmunkes was “verbally defiant and physically resistant to officers’ attempting to place him in handcuffs. While maneuvering Stillmunkes’ hands behind his back, he was
attempting to take Snapchat pictures on his cellphone,” according to court records.
Originally charged with third or subsequent offence OWI, Stillmunkes pleaded guilty to a charge of second-offense OWI in a plea agreement reached with the Dallas County Attorney’s office.
Stillmunkes was convicted of first-offense OWI in 2018 in Johnson County District Court. He was convicted of first-offense OWI in 2018 in Linn County District Court. He was convicted of public intoxication in 2018 in Johnson County District Court. At the time of his 2020 arrest in Dallas County, he had non-extraditable warrants for absconding on charges of OWI and evading arrest and detention out of El Paso, Texas. He was convicted of public intoxication last month in Polk County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.