Madson pleads guilty to DWI; felony drug possession dismissed

Garrett Dale Madson, 20, Brainerd, was convicted in Morrison County District Court with one misdemeanor DWI. He had one count of felony fifth degree drug possession dismissed.

On Feb. 25, a Minnesota patrolman received a report of a vehicle driving erratically on Highway 10 in Morrison County. When he made contact with the driver, Madson, the patrolman noted his pupils were constricted.

When Madson was asked about the use of controlled substances, he said he took Suboxone. The patrolman then noted what appeared to be multiple needle injection sites on Madson’s arm.

Madson was asked to perform field sobriety tests and he did poorly on the one-leg stand and the walk and turn test. He was placed under arrest.

During a search of the vehicle, the patrolman found a hypodermic needle, a metal spoon with a piece of cotton swab stuck to it, a handmade aluminum foil pipe with burnt residue and two loose Q-tips. The cotton swabs later tested positive for opium alkaloids, a schedule II controlled substance.

Madson was sentenced April 1, to 90 days in jail, stayed 87 days for two years. He was given credit for the three days already served. He was fined $560 and given two years of supervised probation.

Assistant District Attorney Todd Kosovich said the felony drug possession charge against Madson was dropped when he pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence instead, a charge which may be more serious in the limited circumstances of this case.