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Board restores Clive chiropractor’s license after third OWI arrest

By: - June 9, 2023 2:17 pm

The state of Iowa has restored the license of a Clive chiropractor who was accused of failing to notify the board of a criminal conviction. (Stock photo via Canva)

The state of Iowa has restored the license of a Clive chiropractor who has been charged three times with drunken driving.

In April 2022, the Iowa Board of Chiropractic fined Vincent Hassel $1,000 and ordered him to complete two hours educational training on ethics. The board had charged Hassel with making false representations when applying for a license and with failing to notify the board of a criminal conviction.

The board has not publicly disclosed the nature of the conviction, the state in which it occurred, or when it occurred.

However, Iowa court records indicate that in 2016, Hassel was convicted of first-offense drunken driving. In 2017, he was charged with second-offense drunken driving and agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-offense drunken driving. Also that year, he was charged with driving while his license was revoked and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving without a valid license.

In January 2021, a conservation officer cited Hassel for third-offense drunken driving after observing him operating a Polaris Ranger on the ice of West Lake in Okoboji. Hassel was arrested after indicating he had consumed eight to 10 beers and a breath test indicated a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 – well above the 0.08 limit for driving. Hassel eventually pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of second-offense drunken driving and was sentenced to seven days in jail and fined $1,875.

The board voted recently to restore Hassel’s license free and clear of any restrictions. However, it’s not clear from the April 2022 decision by the board what restrictions, if any, were ever placed on Hassel’s license.

Hassel could not be reached for comment Friday.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing.