A vehicle drove into a ditch near the intersection of 210th Street and Iowa Avenue north of Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Sept. 7. The Henry County Sheriff?s Office received a report of the accident around 11 a.m. that day.
After an investigation, it was found that Debra Gerkits, of Mt. Pleasant, had lost control of her vehicle and drove it into the east side ditch of Iowa Avenue. It was found that Gerkits had been drinking alcohol before driving her vehicle that night.
After performing a standardized field sobriety test, it was determined Gerkits had been driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
She was arrested and transported to the Henry County Jail, where she was charged with operating while under the influence second offense. This charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.