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Swisher man facing third OWI case


A Swisher man, who served less than a year in prison for killing a 35-year-old woman in Cedar Rapids in a car accident, is now facing his third OWI charge in nine years.

Galen Jon Ludvicek, 53, was arrested Tuesday evening after Johnson County Sheriff's deputies say he was operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol.

Deputies say Ludvicek was headed east on 120th Street at 67 m.p.h.  They say Ludvicek refused to stop when the deputy turned on his lights and sirens and turned north on Calkins Avenue.

The deputy says that Ludvicek finally stopped after crossing over into Linn County.

The deputy says Ludvicek was weaving all over the road, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

He is charged with a second offense operating while intoxicated and eluding.

On August 6, 2002, Ludvicek was arrested after hitting Teresa and Robert Osburn as they tried to cross First Avenue at 16th Street in Cedar Rapids.  According to police reports, Ludviceks's blood alcohol level was .247, but Ludvicek denied drinking any alcohol that day.

Teresa, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was able to give birth to her child before dying.

Ludvicek was charged with operating while intoxicated and vehicular homicide, but after a mistrial, he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in September 2005, just days before his second trial was to begin.  He served nine months of his five year sentence.

On May 6, 2010, Ludvicek was arrested in Johnson County and charged with first offense operating while intoxicated.  According to online court records, Ludvicek was sentenced to one year in jail, but 351 days of that was suspended.  He was also given one year of probation.

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