Court Proceedings

Brown County

District Court

• Mitchell J. Thompson, 25, 809 5th St. N., New Ulm, was charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor 3rd-degree DWI, misdemeanor 4th-degree DWI and misdemeanor driving after suspension Tuesday. According to court documents, a Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the area of CR 29 and CR 12 at 2:36 a.m. Dec. 1.

Brown County Dispatch learned from Nicollet County Dispatch about a driving complaint at 1:58 a.m. involving Thompson. Information about Thompson leaving a Courtland residence while intoxicated and heading west on U.S. Highway 14 was relayed to New Ulm Police who located Thompson in the driver’s seat of a vehicle at the cold storage lot at about 2:41 a.m.

Thompson told police he didn’t know where he was.

A deputy observed footprints in the snow near the vehicle that led to a nearby semi trailer, then up to a building, then back to the vehicle. Thompson showed intoxication signs. He admitted drinking and failed certain field sobriety tests. He later participated in a DataMaster breath test that read 0.11 at 4:09 and 4:13 a.m. Thompson’s driving status was already suspended. He was convicted of 4th-degree DWI Dec. 5, 2016 in Scott County. He was summoned to court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 2019.

• Samuel Hernandez, 25, 420 Walnut St. S.W., Sleepy Eye, was charged with two counts of 3rd-degree operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. According to court documents, Sleepy Eye Police were on duty at 2:55 a.m. Jan. 22, 2018 when a caller said a customer wouldn’t pass a breathalyzer test and was stuck in the snow in front of Subway. Police arrived and talked with a man about a complaint that he may have been drinking. Police smelled an alcoholic beverage on the man.

The man agreed to take a Preliminary Breath Test that resulted in .150. He failed certain field sobriety tests. Hernandez was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car. A search warrant for a urine sample was obtained and the test showed an ethyl alcohol concentration of .137.

A review of Hernandez’ record showed a prior gross misdemeanor DWI conviction 0.08 within 2 hours on May 15, 2016. He was summoned to court on Jan. 15, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

• Amy L. Schwab, 33, 508 N. Garden St., New Ulm, was charged with gross misdemeanor issuance of a dishonored check. According to court documents, a New Ulm Police Investigator met with John Hamann, owner of North Side Garage who said he got a check from Twisted Turquoise, LLC, DBA Hope and Faith Floral and Gifts on Aug. 17, 2017 at North Side Garage.

The check was signed by Schwab and drawn on United Prairie Bank for $377.20.

Hamann sent a letter demanding payment that was accepted on April 16. The investigator viewed bank records for the account the check was drawn off of and learned the bank balance was a negative $1,748.46. Schwab was summoned to court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 2019.