A former Pottawattamie County prosecutor, who’s appealing his conviction on stealing drug evidence from Council Bluffs police, was arrested again Sunday for suspicion of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Bluffs police arrested 46-year-old Jeff TeKippe after his neighbors told police that they heard a crash about 12:30 a.m. Sunday and went outside to investigate.

The neighbors said they saw that their son’s vehicle had been struck, and the observed TeKippe backed his vehicle away from the wreck and drive into his garage. One of the neighbors then yelled at TeKippe as he walked from the garage toward his house, but he ignored then. That’s when they called police. Authorities say TeKippe initially cooperated with officers but ultimately refused to do so. He passed out in the back of a cruiser and later arrested after being checked-out at a hospital. Officials say he was released later that same day.

TeKippe, who was fired from his job as an assistant Pottawattamie County attorney, was found guilty last fall of two counts of misconduct in office, one count of possession of cocaine and nine counts of theft, after being convicted of stealing drug evidence from the Council Bluffs Police Department’s evidence locker. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, but his case is currently being appealed. 

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