Man charged with felony drunk driving in accident that hurt passengers

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with a felony drunk driving charge after he allegedly crashed his vehicle and injured two of his passengers back in April.

Kyle J. Lawler, 22, is charged with one count of operating while under the influence causing serious injury, a class D felony, according to criminal complaints filed with the Webster County attorney’s office.

He also faces two simple misdemeanor traffic citations; failure to maintain control and reckless driving.

The criminal complaint alleges Lawler was driving a vehicle around 1 a.m. on April 13 when he crashed into a tree at South 22nd Street and Nine and a Half Avenue South.

Two of Lawler’s passengers were injured in the crash, the complaint stated.

One of the passengers was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center, while the second passenger needed to be airlifted to another hospital for further treatment.

The complaint did not identify the passengers.

Lawler’s blood alcohol content level was determined to be .120 percent, the complaint stated.

Lawler appeared in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning, making his appearance via a TV monitor with a connection to the Webster County Jail.

In the courtroom, Lawler’s attorney, Derek Johnson, of Fort Dodge, was present.

Magistrate Steve Kersten allowed Lawler to be released on his own recognizance, which means he did not have to post bail to be released.

Additionally, at Johnson’s request, Kersten waived the preliminary hearing and sent the case to Webster County District Court, where an arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.