A western Iowa man charged with OWI, theft and drug possession west of Knoxville earlier this year was sentenced to prison and jail time after pleading guilty.

Christopher Lee Miller, 33, of Odebolt, Iowa, pled guilty to operating while intoxicated second offense, third-degree theft, carrying weapons, possession of marijuana, and possession of psilocybin.

He pled guilty to all charges in a negotiated deal on Aug. 1. Miller was sentenced on Tuesday by Judge Steven Guiter.

The OWI and third-degree theft charges each netted two-year prison sentences. He was sentenced to 365 days of jail time for each of the other three charges. Some sentences will be served concurrently, amounting to a total prison term of not more than five years.

In other related cases, he was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, failure to maintain control, and failure to have liability insurance. Those three charges were dismissed in the deal.

On April 6 an Iowa State Patrol trooper was investigating a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 5 at the 65-mile marker, west of Knoxville.

Miller was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger that had struck a guard wire on the south side of the roadway and rolled multiple times into the south ditch, ejecting Miller from the vehicle.

Witnesses reported Miller was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed before the collision.

Officers located 3.45 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and 14 grams of marijuana.

Toxicology reports indicated THC (a chemical found in marijuana), amphetamine and methamphetamine were present in his system at levels above the amount allowed by law, according to court filings.

Officers also located a Glock 9mm gun that was reported stolen by the Iowa State University Police.

Miller was also ordered to pay restitution, court costs and a total of $3,445 in fines.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com.

Kyle Ocker has been the editor of the Knoxville Journal Express since November 2016. He formerly held the titles of sports editor and associate editor at the Centerville Daily Iowegian, a sister paper to the Journal Express.

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