Helms has felony DWI dismissed after 32 days served in jail

Craig Steven Helms, 47, Sartell, was sentenced Aug. 29, for one gross misdemeanor DWI in the third degree.

On May 5, a Royalton police officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle crossing the fog line on Highway 10. When it crossed the fog line a second time, the officer stopped the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Helms and the officer asked to see his proof of insurance. When Helms opened the glove compartment, the officer saw a silver cylindrical container consistent with the type used to hold narcotics.

The officer asked if he could look inside the container. He found a pill and a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance which appeared to be methamphetamine.

After a search of the vehicle produced a marijuana smoking device, a green leafy substance  that appeared to be marijuana and a meth pipe, the officer asked Helms to perform a field sobriety test. He performed poorly and was placed under arrest.

At the Morrison County Jail, Helms’ breath test came back at .08 alcohol concentration.

An examination of Helms’ driving record showed he had a prior conviction for driving while impaired from September 2007.

Helms was sentenced to 365 days in jail, stayed for 333 days for four years. He was given credit for 32 days of time served. Helms was fined $160 and given supervised probation for four years.

Dismissed against Helms was one felony count of fifth degree possession because he pleaded guilty to the DWI which had greater consequences in this situation, said Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich.