A Davenport man with five previous convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated was arrested on the same charge again late Sunday, according to court records.

Eric Bearbower, 33, of 2027 Jebens Ave., was pulled over at 11:38 p.m. Sunday after a Davenport police officer saw him run a stop sign in the 800 block of Marquette Street, according to the affidavit.

The officer noticed Bearbower had red eyes and smelled of alcohol, and the officer administered a horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which Bearbower failed, according to the affidavit.

Bearbower has been convicted of OWI five times, dating back to 1997, according to the affidavit.

He was charged with third-offense OWI, the highest level of OWI in Iowa law, said Scott County Attorney Mike Walton. The charge is a Class D felony, punishable by a maximum of five years in prison upon conviction.

Bearbower also was charged with running a stop sign, driving without a driver’s license, making an improper lane change and failure to have a court-mandated locking device on the vehicle, which prevents the car ignition from starting unless the driver passes a breath test that checks for the presence of alcohol.

(21) comments

katara

5!!! 6!!!! I don't think so.. 5 or 6 is how many times he got caught. Chances are he's been out endangering everyone around him WAY more than people think.. Killing himself in an accident might be the best thing to happen if the Law doesn't Lock Him Up ...

itiswatitis
itiswatitis

yea, as if sentencing this guy is too harsh...wow. We're not doing him any favors by slapping his wrist and telling him 'it's ok, go out and do it again, ok?' The guy is clearly dealing with some issues, and his cry for help is not being heard!! Obviously, he holds no value for his own life, let alone anyone else's. He seriously needs help. If he was in a fatal accident, we would have to blame our Justice System for failing to implement the disciplinary steps to help this guy improve his life - so as to NOT repeat his drunk driving ever again!

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

It is not a cry from help , he has had EVERYTHING handed to him , he was spoiled rotten and acts out when he doesn't get his way!!! He should have grown up by now, but he never will he just did 3 solid years behind bars and that didn't help, he is a sneeky ,slick, conniving smooth talker with the gift of gab, a TRUE CON ARTIST!!! This sickens me to the fullest.

bluegrassdee

Maybe they should send him to church--it worked for Pachino Hill right???

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

Curch won't work for this Sorry POS

Randogg420

5 DUI what's up with that .don't worry folks the good people at the Scott County court house will sure enough make a deal that spares him jail time so that he can go out and kill some poor slob

dogsrs2

So ...3rd time was't the charm.. Well after paying his lawyer, the courts and time for the crime. I think he has a choice. Take a reserved seat at the local AA meeting about 5 times a week or drink again.
Let's hope they give him plenty of time in prison to think about it!

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

He has had a ton of prison time AA in patient therapy ect ect , they just need to keep him locked up til he takes his last breath.

CGE
CGE

He will continue until the court and judicial system gets a clue.

lnewber02
lnewber02

Why is this guy even on the street to be able to get a 6th D.U.I.? I am so confused about this. This man should have been in prison a long time ago, by the 3rd dui for sure, and then back in prison on his 4th and 5th.

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

he has been the system keeps letting him off the hook EVERY TIME his patterns started in 1997. He is one who will never change!!

C MICHAELS

Do you think you finally have enough to lock him up? I pity the judge who lets this guy go if he strikes any of my family.

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

Scott County has a terrible justice system, this guy has been given too many chances, Like how about about 4.5 yrs ago when he stole his moms truck and rolled it almost killing his best friend.......SAME GUY !! ERIC BRANDON BEARBOWER. When are they gonna learn and STOP LETTING HIM OUT AND OFF THE HOOK.!!!!!

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

LET ME JUST SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT THIS IN NOT HIS 5TH 6TH OR 3RD HE ACTUALLY HAS WITH THIS ONE INCLUDED 8 OWI'S !!!!! HELLO 7TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WTH???? THIS GUY WAS JUST RELEASED LESS THAN A YEAR AGO ON HIS LAST RUN , HE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF PRISON AND TREATMENT FOR OVER 15 YEARS, NOTHING IS GOING TO HELP HIS POOR SOUL , NOTHING SHORT OF LOCKING HIM UP AND KEEPING HIM THERE!!!!!!! HE HAS ALMOST KILLED HIS BEST FRIEND ROLLING HIS MOMS STOLEN TRUCK A FEW YEARS BACK , HE HAS TRIED TO DRIVE INTO HIS MOMS HOUSE WHEN HE DIDN'T GET HIS WAY WHILE DRUNK AND HAVING A TEMPER TANTRUM ENDANGERING THE LIVES OF HIS MOTHER AND HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER.!!! SO SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY ON EARTH THEY CONTINUE TO "WORK " WITH HIM, HE IS RUNNING HIS MOTHER DRY FORCING HER TO PAY ALL HIS DEBTS OFF AND GET HIM OUT TIME AFTER TIME!!! THIS HAS TO END!!!! LOCK HIS BUTT UP AND KEEP HIM THERE UNTIL HE TAKES HIS LAST SORRY BREATH!!!!!

CR bound

My friends were almost killed by a drunk driver a month ago -
WHY is this guy not in prison ? Does he actually have to kill someone before the Judicial System will finally lock him up - this literally makes me sick to my stomach......

bkw1949

previous 5

1of3

They said this was his 5th, so their would of been 4 previous arrests that he did not learn from.


LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

There were FAR more than 4 previous arrests, I know him and he will NEVER change, it's sad he is a wast of life

1of3

OOPs disregard my last post, sorry I read that wrong. Gosh even worse this is his 6th.

1of3

5 OWI's?? I hope they find a way to keep this guy off the streets before he kills someone. Obviously he hasnt learned anything from his 4 previous OWI's time to give him some serious time behind bars.

LinemansLady2008
LinemansLady2008

yeah like I have said keep him behind bars until he takes his last sorry breath!!!

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