Bond remains unchanged for FD driver accused of attempted murder

Cervene’s bond to remain at $500,000 cash

Leah Cervene

A Fort Dodge woman who is accused of intentionally hitting another woman with her car will have her bond remain at $500,000 cash following a bond review hearing in Webster County District Court Monday.

Leah D. Cervene, 27, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly hitting Sara Hoover, 34, of Fort Dodge, with a car around 1 a.m. Jan. 27 at the intersection of Central Avenue and 10th Street.

No trial date has been set in Cervene’s case.

A hearing was held in District Court Monday afternoon to determine whether Cervene’s bond amount should be lowered.

While acknowledging that attempted murder “is a very serious charge,” Cervene’s attorney, Doug Cook, of Fort Dodge, asked that she be released from the Webster County Jail with supervision to the Iowa Department of Correctional Services, or have her bond set at cash or surety.

Cook said Cervene has no criminal history, is raising young children and has a job, and said she’s more than willing to wear an ankle monitor while out of jail.

But Ryan Baldridge, first assistant Webster County attorney, said that the “bond as currently set is more than appropriate, given the magnitude of the rest of the charges.”

He called Fort Dodge Police Officer Matt Weir to the stand to testify about the case.

Weir was the first officer to respond to the scene on Jan. 27.

Weir said he spoke with a witness on scene that testified that they saw Cervene come into the Dodge City Bar, 915 Central Ave., and that witness said they heard Cervene say that she wanted to get into an altercation with Hoover’s daughter.

Cervene left the bar, according to Weir, where a surveillance camera showed her waiting inside her car, a 2006 Chrysler Sebring.

That surveillance camera captured the incident where Cervene apparently struck Hoover.

Cervene was later arrested at home.

She is also facing a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Judge William Ostlund said that due to the serious nature of the allegations he was going to allow the bond to remain at $500,000 cash. However, he said if Cook were to provide more evidence and present it at another hearing, he may reconsider.