Maurer charged with substance possession and DWI

Colin Michael Maurer, 24, Little Falls, was charged Sept. 2 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, one gross misdemeanor count of second degree DWI – refusing to submit to a chemical test and one misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation.

On Aug. 31, a Morrison County deputy stopped a vehicle with expired license tabs, identifying the driver as Maurer.

The deputy knew that Maurer had a warrant for his arrest from Stearns County and while speaking with him, noted he appeared nervous and jittery, was sweating and had bloodshot eyes.

Maurer admitted he had consumed a couple of beers.

Maurer refused to perform any field sobriety tests, so he was placed under arrest for driving while impaired and for the warrants. When searching the vehicle, the deputy located a baggie of methamphetamine and a pipe.

While at the Morrison County Jail, Maurer refused to give either a blood or urine test, but agreed to give a taped statement. He admitted the methamphetamine was his and that he was driving while under the influence.

An examination of Maurer’s driving record showed he was convicted of DWI in Morrison County in 2008 and that his driving privileges are currently revoked.

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