Merrifield man convicted of felony for receiving stolen property and driving while intoxicated

On Aug. 14, in the Seventh Judicial District Court of Morrison County, Andrew Dean Vatter, 24, Merrifield, was convicted of one felony count of receiving stolen property and one gross misdemeanor DWI.

On March 13, the Brainerd Police received a report of a stolen SUV from St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Surveillance of the parking lot showed an unknown person taking the vehicle.

Later that morning, a Morrison County deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Highway 25. The lone occupant was identified as Vatter.

Vatter was asked to perform field-sobriety tests and performed poorly and the breath test came back at 0.164 alcohol concentration. He was placed under arrest and the SUV was towed from the scene.

It was later discovered the SUV Vatter was driving was the one stolen from St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Vatter was sentenced to 30 days with credit for time served (three days) for the felony charge of receiving stolen property. He will serve the remaining 27 days on electronic monitoring during house arrest. He was fined $135 and given supervised probation for three years. The court gave him a stay of imposition which will lower the felony charge to a misdemeanor if he abides by all the stipulations placed on him by the courts during his probation.

Vatter was also sentenced to 30 days in jail with a three-day credit for time served, fined $80 and given four years supervised probation for the gross misdemeanor DWI charge.