Wrong-way I-80 driver facing new charges

The semi driver who is accused of going the wrong way on Interstate 80, causing a crash near West Branch earlier this month, is facing new charges.

60-year-old Leif McGowan was already facing charges for driving the wrong way on a highway and now he is also charged with operating without a commercial driver's license (CDL), operating without intra-state operating authority, and for not having a medical card when hauling for hire.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says McGowan did have a chauffeur's license which allows him to drive large vehicles up to 150 miles away from a farm for agricultural work. Officials with the Iowa DOT say in the wake of what has occurred agriculture exemptions might be worth a review.

If convicted of all four charges, McGowan faces $780 in fines and court costs. He could also lose his chauffeur's license.

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