Iowa lawmaker pleads guilty to drunk driving, gun charges
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that Rep. Francis “Chip” Baltimore, a Boone Republican, entered the written plea Friday in Story County District Court. The maximum penalty for each count is a year in jail, but Baltimore’s plea notes an agreement with prosecutors that he receive a year’s probation and pay fees and civil penalties of $1,815.
Baltimore, an attorney, was arrested last month in Ames near Interstate 35. His blood alcohol tested out at nearly twice the legal limit to drive, and a pistol was found under the driver’s seat.
He was subsequently removed as chairman of the House judiciary committee, but retains his elected seat.
Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com