Mason City man jailed on gun, drug charges after single-vehicle accident

CLEAR LAKE — A Mason City man is in jail on numerous felony charges after a single-vehicle accident earlier this week.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says they were called out to the 4000 block of 210th Street near Clear Lake at about 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. They say 45-year-old Lance Kohler was driving eastbound when he attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway when he lost control, drove into the north ditch and struck a driveway, causing the vehicle to roll over on its passenger side.

Court documents state that Kohler was found to have a loaded .380 caliber pistol in the vehicle, along with numerous hypodermic needles and about 24.6 grams of methamphetamine. Kohler allegedly told officers that he had last used meth at 2:00 AM that morning. He was found to be impaired by drugs.

Kohler was charged with a Class B-level felony controlled substance violation, Class D felony counts of failure to have a drug tax stamp and possession of a firearm as a felon, as well as misdemeanor counts of being a person ineligible to carry dangerous weapons, possession of dangerous weapons while under the influence, and operating while under the influence first offense.

He’s being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a total of $15,000 bond.  Kohler’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 15th.