Pierz man sentenced to 30 months in prison for driving while impaired

Thomas Larold Meyer, 42, Pierz, was convicted Oct. 17, in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of first degree driving while impaired.

Little Falls officers responded to a complaint of a possible drunk driver on Highway 27. The suspect was located on Great River Road and was observed swerving abruptly back and forth over the fog and center lines.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as Meyer. A strong odor of alcohol was detected on Meyer’s breath, his eyes appeared bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred.

Meyer denied he had been drinking, but field sobriety tests showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.255. He was placed under arrest, taken to jail where further tests showed he had a 0.27 alcohol concentration.

An examination of his criminal record showed he had been convicted March 14, 2009, of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm in Sherburne County.

Meyer was sentenced to 30 months in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility and fined $135.

Dismissed against Meyer was one felony count of first degree driving while impaired and two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired. Attorney Mike Chisum said the charges were dropped due to Meyer pleading guilty to the felony with the same sentence.