CLEAR LAKE | A North Iowa woman was arrested Saturday for drunk driving and possessing prescription drugs that did not belong to her.

Michelle Lynn Nicholson, 44, of Bode, was charged with misdemeanor operating while under the influence - second offense, unlawful possession of a prescription drug and driving while license denied or revoked.

At about 11:14 p.m. Saturday, the Clear Lake Police Department received a complaint on a vehicle driving erratically eastbound on Highway 18 from Hancock County.

An officer located the vehicle, a 2004 black Pontiac Grand Prix, which failed to signal, crossed the fog line and failed to maintain its lane, court documents said.

Upon stopping the vehicle in Clear Lake, the officer noted in court documents that Nicholson smelled like alcohol and had several open and unopened beer containers in the car.

Nicholson allegedly failed field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming alcohol. She consented to a breath test with a result of .254, three times Iowa's legal limit, the criminal complaint said.

The officer also found to a prescription bottle, containing 9 40mg Omeprazole capsules in the vehicle's center console. The drug was not prescribed to Nicholson, police said in court documents, who allegedly admitted it didn't belong to her.

Nicholson was arrested, booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and released after posting $4,000 bond Sunday. She is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Nov. 9.

Photos: North Iowa's mugshots of 2018

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