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Minn. man sentenced to prison for ninth DWI

PONEMAH, Minn. - A Ponemah man has been convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated.

James Eugene Dow, 52, was sentenced to 48 months (four years) in prison, with 213 days credit for time already served.

He was also fined $210, to be paid for from his prison earnings. An additional count of felony DWI, along with one misdemeanor count of driving after license cancellation, were both dismissed at sentencing.

According to court records, Dow was driving south on Highway 59 out of Callaway on Aug. 17 when a local law enforcement officer noticed that both of the tail lights on his vehicle were out. After stopping the vehicle, the officer noted that the driver seemed slow to understand him, and there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.

Dow also showed “multiple signs of impairment” in subsequent field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test administered at the scene showed an alcohol concentration in his blood of .186. He also subsequently refused a second breath test at the jail after his arrest.

Dow has eight prior DWI convictions on his record, including one felony DWI conviction from 2012.

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