Lamont Powells to spend nearly five years in prison for DWI

Lamont Antoine Powells, 29, St. Cloud, was sentenced in Morrison County District Court Nov. 21, for one felony count of first degree driving while impaired. He had a minimum blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 with two hours.

On Sept. 19, the Royalton police ran a check on a vehicle which came back with both revoked license plates and that the driver’s license of the registered owner had been canceled as being inimical to public safety.

The vehicle was stopped and Powells was identified. When asked for his driver’s license, he told the officer he didn’t have one and said he knew he shouldn’t be driving.

The officer detected an odor of alcohol coming from Powells and asked him to perform field sobriety tests which showed intoxication. The breath test came back at 0.122 alcohol concentration and Powells was placed under arrest.

While searching the vehicle, the officer discovered an open container of beer under the passenger seat.

An examination of Powells’ driving record showed four prior driving while under the influence convictions from July 15, 2011, July 16, 2011, Aug. 13, 2011, and Jan. 2.

Powells was sentenced to 57 months in the correctional facility at St. Cloud and fined $165.

Dismissed against Powells was one felony count of first degree driving while under the influence of alcohol. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said the courts could only convict on one felony charge for the same incident.