St. Cloud man arrested in Motley for DWI

Michael John Morgan, 48, St. Cloud, was charged Sept. 30 in the Morrison County District Court, with one felony count each of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours.

On Sept. 27, a Motley police officer was informed of a possible impaired driver at a gas station in Motley. According to the criminal complaint, when the officer arrived at the station, he observed the vehicle still running and driver slumped over the driver’s seat with a beer bottle between his legs.

The officer turned off the vehicle, woke the driver and identified him as Morgan. Morgan allegedly declined to perform field sobriety tests but agreed to take a portable breath test, which allegedly came back at 0.238.

Morgan was placed under arrest and taken to the Morrison County Jail. A urine sample was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.

An examination of Morgan’s driving record showed his privileges were currently cancelled as inimical to public safety due to a DWI conviction from January 2013 for driving while under the influence; two test refusal convictions from October 2010 and February 2005; and two older DWI convictions.

If convicted, Morgan faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine for each count.

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