Pierz man charged with two felonies and one gross misdemeanor

A Pierz man has been charged with one felony count each of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours. Leon Clarence Meyer, 32, was also charged with one gross misdemeanor count of driving a vehicle after restrictions had been imposed due to possession or consumption of alcohol or a controlled substance. On July 19, a Little Falls Police officer received a report of a driving complaint. A witness had allegedly seen a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed through the parking lot near Sixth Avenue Northeast, leaving black marks on the pavement. The vehicle then hit a curb and got a flat tire. The witness said the driver then went into an apartment building.

Meyer was later located in the building and the witness confirmed he was the driver of the vehicle. Meyer allegedly admitted driving the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, Meyer agreed to a portable breath test, which came back at 0.212 blood alcohol concentration. He agreed to perform other field sobriety tests, which all showed indications of alcohol intoxication.

Meyer was taken to the Morrison County Jail where another breath test read an alcohol concentration of 0.18.

Meyer’s driving record showed he has multiple prior DWI convictions, most recently a felony conviction from 2008. A restriction on his driver’s license invalidates it if he uses any alcohol or drugs.

If convicted, Meyer faces a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine.