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Janesville man charged with felony DWI, test refusal in Waseca County

Janesville man charged with felony DWI, test refusal in Waseca County

Minnesota’s implied consent and drunk driving laws generally ratchet up the potential consequences each time a driver of convicted of driving while impaired within a 10 year period. Other aggravating factors are enumerated in Minnesota’s statutes that can complicate DWI charges and increase potential consequences. An alleged repeat DWI offense in Minnesota can bring mandatory sentencing provisions, and for a felony level offense, prison time may be on the table.

A 29-year-old Janesville, Minnesota man could be facing potential prison time after a recent Waseca County arrest. Janesville Police claim that someone called authorities to report some kind of suspicious activity involving a vehicle on West Elysian Lake Road.

An officer responded to the area and says that a pickup truck was traveling west on that road at a slow speed. The officer reportedly ran the license plate of the pickup and claims that the registered owner of the vehicle had a cancelled driver’s license.

It is important to note that Minnesota laws not only ratchet up potential consequences in a criminal case for repeat DWI allegations, but Minnesota law allows the state to increase the length of a revocation or cancel a driver’s license upon a repeat offense. This blog has previously discussed license suspensions, revocations and cancellations in detail.

In the recent Janesville, Minnesota event, the officer says that the driver committed some minor traffic violations and was pulled over. The driver was ultimately arrested on suspicion of DWI. Police claim that the driver refused to submit to an implied consent breath test at the Waseca County jail. Breath test refusal itself is a crime in Minnesota.

Waseca County prosecutors claim that the Janesville man has four prior DWI arrests within the past seven year, according to the Janesville Argus. The man is charged with felony DWI, felony test refusal and driving after cancellation (often called DAC-IPS).

Source: Janesville Argus via southernminn.com, “Janesville man arrested for fifth DWI in seven years,” Marianne Carlson, Jan. 30, 2013

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