Skwira charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, two DWIs

Morrison County District Court charged Thomas Allen Skwira, 44, Royalton, June 23 with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and one gross misdemeanor each of second degree DWI, refusing to submit to a chemical test and second degree DWI, operating an off-road vehicle while under the influence of a combination of any two or more elements and having a child under the age of 16 in or on the vehicle.

On June 20, a Minnesota Trooper noted a all-terrain vehicle traveling at 65 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. He followed the vehicle to a residence on Nature Road.

When the driver got off the vehicle, he allegedly threw a white object to the ground.

The driver, identified as Skwira, had an 11-year-old child as a passenger. The trooper also noted Skwira’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, he was sweating and had an odor of alcohol about him.

The trooper located the item Skwira threw to the ground; it was a glass pipe with residue which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Skwira was placed under arrest.

While at the Morrison County Jail, Skwira allegedly performed poorly on all sobriety tests and refused to give either a blood or a urine test.

An examination of Skwira’s driving record showed a prior DWI from January 2006 in Morrison County along with five older DWIs.

If convicted, Skwira faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.