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SL woman strikes motorcyclist on 4th of July, police say

Faces charges of OWI, improper lane change and failure to yield

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A Storm Lake woman was arrested on the Fourth of July for striking a motorcyclist on Lakeshore Drive. 

Tracy Carlson, 56, was booked into Buena Vista County Jail Thursday night on charges of operating while intoxicated, improper lane change and failure to yield to a passing vehicle, all misdemeanors, according to court records. At around 6:30 p.m., Carlson allegedly merged into the left lane of the 1500 block of Lakeshore Drive, striking a motorcyclist, according to an affidavit filed July 5 in Buena Vista County District Court.

Carlson allegedly showed signs of impairment to officers who were investigating the incident, the affidavit states. She allegedly smelled of consumed alcohol and admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel of the 2024 Ford Bronco that was alleged to be involved in the collision, the report notes. Carlson allegedly showed six clues of impairment during field sobriety testing, according to the affidavit. 

Carlson was released the following day on a $1,000 bond, according to court records. 

Arraignment is scheduled for July 22 in district court. 

The status of the motorcyclist victim is unknown. A statement issued by the SLPD on Monday morning noted an injury occurred, but didn’t specify whether it was Carlson or the motorcyclist. A spokesperson for the City of Storm Lake declined further comment. 

This is a developing story.

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