Brainerd man charged with receiving stolen property; two DWIs

Andrew Dean Vatter, 23, Brainerd, was charged April 4, with one felony count of receiving stolen property and two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

At about 7 a.m., March 13, the Brainerd police received a report of a stolen SUV from Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Surveillance video showed an individual taking the vehicle out of the parking lot at 1:47 a.m.

During that same morning, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 25. A deputy located the vehicle and the occupant was identified as Vatter.

According to the criminal complaint, the deputy observed Vatter with bloodshot, watery eyes and that he had an odor of alcohol coming from him. He allegedly admitted losing control of the SUV.

Vatter was asked to perform field sobriety tests. The portable breath test came back at 0.164 and Vatter was placed under arrest for driving while impaired.

The SUV was towed from the scene.

An examination of Vatter’s driving record showed a 2007 conviction for driving while impaired.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office later learned the vehicle Vatter was driving was the same vehicle stolen from St. Joseph’s Medical Center earlier that morning.

If convicted, Vatter faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.