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White Earth man gets 51 months in prison for DWI

DETROIT LAKES -- George David Axdahl, 28, of Box 362, 36649 Loon Drive, White Earth has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for DWI.

Axdahl was under a stayed sentence for criminal vehicular homicide in 2001.

According to court records, he was arrested for DWI in the early morning hours of March 7 after a deputy saw him speeding and driving erratically on County Road 34. His blood alcohol level tested at .14 percent.

In 2001, he had been sentenced to 48 months in prison after pleading guilty to a serious felony -- criminal vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident.

At about 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2000, the pickup truck he was driving ran off the road and smashed into a house south of the Circle of Life School in White Earth. The truck ended up largely inside the house and sustained severe damage. The accident killed a passenger in the truck, Brian Kelly Anderson, who was found dead on the passenger side.

Axdahl was injured and a deputy followed a trail of his blood away from the wreck to a garage in the area, where he was found. His blood alcohol level tested at .13 percent.

His prison sentence in 2001 was stayed 10 years.

On Wednesday, District Judge Peter Irvine denied a request for a downward departure from the state sentencing guidelines and ordered him to serve 51 months in prison, with credit for jail time served. He was fined $50 plus court fees, to be taken from prison earnings.