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Woman pleads guilty to hitting woman with her car

A Davenport woman faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that the drove while intoxicated and struck her former girlfriend with her car.

Court documents show that Shonda Rena Carter, 40, pleaded guilty Friday to serious injury by vehicle, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years, and operating while intoxicated-second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

A judge will ultimately determine whether the sentences on both charges will run at the same time, or back-to-back.

In exchange for her plea, Scott County prosecutors will dismiss the more serious charges of attempted murder and willful injury resulting in serious injury when she is sentenced Nov. 16.

Her attorney, Derek Jones, on Tuesday filed a motion seeking to reduce her $15,000 cash-only bond and granted pretrial release so she can “put her affairs in order before she begins her prison sentence.”

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Oct. 17. 

Around 8:45 p.m. June 7, Davenport police responded to a serious injury crash involving a black 2007 Lexus ES350 and a pedestrian, later identified as Sharica Hamilton, 25, of Davenport, at River Drive and Division Street.

Police say Carter chased Hamilton, who was on foot, and hit her with the front of the vehicle.

Hamilton was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, and then airlifted to University Hospitals, Iowa City.

According to police, Carter had blood-shot, watery eyes and droopy eye lids. She also had an odor of alcohol on her breath when she spoke and had slow, sluggish movements.

Carter refused standardized field sobriety tests and said she wanted an attorney, according to police. She consented to a breath sample and had a blood alcohol content of .097, according to police.

— Tara Becker

Man charged in Davenport drug case

A Davenport man was behind bars Wednesday after police say they found more than two pounds of marijuana, plus heroin, cocaine, and suspected MDMA, in his home.

Christopher Dawayne Dixon, 34, faces two counts each of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance-third or subsequent offense, and failure to affix drug tax stamp.

One of the possession with intent to deliver charges is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The remaining charges are a Class D felony each punishable by up to five years in prison.

Bond was set Wednesday morning at $50,000 cash-only. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20.

The Davenport Police Department on Tuesday searched Dixon’s home at 402 E. 4th St., Apt. 506, as part of a narcotics agreement, according to an arrest affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint.

Police found 933.55 grams, or more than two pounds of marijuana, in multiple packages, a box of unused packaging, a vacuum sealer, two digital scales and $4,200 in cash located in a shoe in his bedroom closet, according to the affidavit.

One gram of heroin was located in a small jar inside of a shoe in the bedroom closet, according to the affidavit. Police also found 13.1 grams of cocaine, which was thrown out of a bedroom window during the search of the home.

This was seen by detectives who were standing outside of the building, according to the affidavit.

Three tablets of suspect MDMA found in the house have been submitted to the state crime lab for testing, according to the affidavit.

Dixon has several convictions for drug possession between 2002 and 2016, according to the affidavit.

— Tara Becker