Coon Rapids man charged with felony drug possession

Jesse Lee Natysin, 34, Coon Rapids, is facing a felony fifth degree drug possession charge and several misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor DWI and drug charges.

The charges stem from a July 4 incident, when a state trooper responded to a report of Natysin’s vehicle allegedly driving erratically on Highway 371 and going into a ditch.

When the trooper met with Natysin, he allegedly smelled alcohol on him, and his speech was slurred, along with his eyes being bloodshot and watery, the criminal complaint said.

Natysin allegedly said he had been driving home from a cabin on Gull Lake, at 80 mph.

Natysin allegedly refused to perform field sobriety tests and lost his balance as one was being explained. A portable breath test allegedly showed Natysin’s blood alcohol content was .10, and he was arrested.

At the Morrison County Jail, Natysin agreed to give another breath test, which allegedly showed his blood alcohol content was .09.

While being booked into the jail, law enforcement allegedly found six complete and two half pills of alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance which can’t be possessed without a valid prescription, which Natysin allegedly did not have.

Investigators also allegedly found 35 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Natysin’s jeep.

Natysin has two previous DWI convictions from April and October of 2008.

If convicted of the felony charge, Natysin could face up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.