Nhial “James” Bol
Nhial “James” Bol

March 30, 2018

A 43-year-old Carroll man was drunk Sunday when he gave a ride to a woman accused of stealing soft-serve ice cream from a convenience store, according to court records.

Nhial “James” Bol drove to O’Reilly Auto Parts with his passenger, Nyaduar Thoa Gatbel, 29, of Carroll, after Thoa Gatbel allegedly ignored a store clerk’s reminder to pay for her ice cream cone and cup at Casey’s General Store, 613 U.S. Highway 30 West, about 5:30 p.m.

A police officer followed Bol to the auto parts store.

“I knew him to have a revoked driver’s license and placed him in the back of my car to verify,” Sgt. J.J. Schreck wrote in a criminal complaint. “While in the car the odor of alcoholic beverage intensified.”

Bol allegedly admitted to consuming three alcoholic drinks with his lunch.

A test of his breath revealed his blood-alcohol concentration was .113 percent. The limit to drive in Iowa is .08.

Bol was charged with second-offense OWI and driving with a revoked license.

Thoa Gatbel was charged with theft after an officer found an ice cream cone and Casey’s cup in the console of Bol’s car. An officer threw the ice cream away.

Casey’s cones cost about $1.50. Convicted thieves can be fined several hundred dollars and drunken-driving punishments often include fines of more than $1,000.