Mother, father arrested for driving drunk with children

Published 10:08 am Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two Waterloo, Iowa, residents are in Mower County custody after allegedly driving drunkenly toward Austin with two small children in the car.

Autumn Fawn Mayer, 22, and Timothy John Grisel, 24, were arrested on Monday evening on County Road 46 near Dexter Township. Mayer was charged Wednesday with DWI and violating a no-contact order, while Grisel faces two counts of domestic assault and one count of false imprisonment, which is a felony.

Both are scheduled for arraignment in Mower County court on Aug. 19.

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According to a criminal complaint, the car was pulled over after it crossed the centerline several times. A deputy spoke with Mayer, who was driving, and she appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

In the back seat, the deputy spotted an open beer can on the floor near Mayer’s two daughters, ages 1 and 2, the complaint states.

While the deputy was speaking with Mayer, Grisel allegedly threw something out of the window. That object was later recovered and identified as his Iowa ID card.

After failing several field sobriety tests, Mayer was put under arrest. She told officers that Grisel was the father of her children, and deputies learned that she wasn’t supposed to see him per the no-contact order.

Mayer also said that Grisel had a history of violence and she felt threatened by him. That night, while driving away from a convenience store in Spring Valley, Minn., Mayer spotted Grisel on the side of the road, waving for a ride. Mayer said she felt she had no choice but to pick him up, the complaint states.

Later, when deputies pulled the vehicle over, Mayer said Grisel grabbed her by the neck and told her to not tell authorities who he was. Deputies did observe a bruise on Mayer’s neck, but Grisel denied grabbing her.

According to records, Grisel was previously convicted of harassment in Iowa in December of 2004. He was arrested along with Mayer.