Iowa mom accused of driving drunk at 97 MPH with kids

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (KWQC) – An Iowa woman faces charges of second-offense OWI and child endangerment after police say she was driving 97 MPH while intoxicated.

Police tell KWQC that Belinda L. Cowell, 34, of Mason City, had her two children, 16 and 4, in the vehicle at the time.

Police say the four-year-old was not secured.

A complaint filed in Cerro Gordo County says the incident happened on a 55 MPH stretch of Highway 122 on the evening of March 4, 2016, at which time Cowell refused chemical testing.

Police say she “demonstrated lack of coordination, unsteady balance, and inability to properly maintain control of her vehicle.”

Cowell was jailed on $4,000 bond, and online court records show an order for release from custody was filed on Thursday, March 17. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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