Eric Bearbower

Eric Bearbower (Jail photo)

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.