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Court Proceedings

Brown County

District Court

• Charges of gross misdemeanor 2nd-degree DWI – 2 or more aggravating factors and DWI alcohol concentration 0.08 within 2 hours, plus misdemeanor open bottle possession and petty misdemeanor use of wireless communications device were filed Sept. 1 against Caitlin E. Savoy, 28, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Savoy’s unconditional bail was set at $12,000 Tuesday; $0 with conditions including an alcohol monitor, no alcohol/controlled substance use or possession. A hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15.

According to court documents, the Minnesota State Patrol received a driving complaint at 9:03 a.m. Aug. 29 on a dark, grey Jeep eastbound on State Highway 60 coming into Madelia that continued on State Highway 15 towards New Ulm. The complainant said the vehicle crossed the center and fog lines and the driver was looking down at their phone. A partial South Dakota plate 44 was provided.

At the intersection of Highway 15 and 68 south of New Ulm, State Trooper Roiger saw a dark-colored Jeep northbound towards New Ulm on Highway 15 with a S.D. plate beginning with 44. The trooper saw the Jeep weave, cross the fog line and swerve over a turn lane. He stopped the vehicle near the Best Western Hotel and Hy-Vee gas station in New Ulm.

Displaying intoxication clues, Savoy admitted to drinking 4 vodka drinks, ending at 11 p.m. the prior night. She failed field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample that read .394. She was arrested for DWI.

A vehicle search turned up a 1.75 liter bottle of Svedka vodka, an empty 50 ml and a 1.75 liter bottle of New Amsterdam vodka. The cherry coke bottle smelled of alcohol. The vehicle was towed and held for forfeiture.

A jail breath test read .33. Savoy was convicted of DWI on August 18, 2015, in Martin County, a qualified, prior impaired driving incident within the last 10 years.

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