A former western Iowa prosecutor who’s awaiting sentencing on a federal weapons charge has pleaded guilty in the interim to a charge of driving while intoxicated. Jeff Tekippe entered his plea Wednesday in Cass County District Court. The former Pottawattamie County prosecutor was arrested in March 2008 after crashing his car into a parked vehicle. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail, but was given credit for time already served.
Tekippe also pled guilty in November to a weapons charge after he was found to be in possession of two stolen guns in February 2007. He’s currently awaiting sentencing on that charge and faces up to 10 years in prison. In September 2007, Tekippe was found guilty on nine counts of theft, possession of cocaine and two counts of misconduct in office – in connection with the theft of evidence from the Council Bluffs Police Department’s drug locker. He was fired from his job earlier that year and later sentenced to 10 years in prison. Tekippe is currently free on bond while his case is appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.