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Grand Forks postman sentenced for driving a mail truck while drunk

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GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks postal carrier charged with driving a mail truck while drunk was ordered Tuesday to serve a year on unsupervised probation and received a suspended sentence of 10 days in jail.

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Richard Kuntz, 65, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. He paid $475 in fines and must undergo a chemical-dependency evaluation.

Grand Forks police said an officer clocked Kuntz driving the truck more than 10 mph over the speed limit Oct. 24 on 17th Avenue South. Kuntz had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, according to police. The legal limit is 0.08.

The U.S. Postal Service placed Kuntz on unpaid leave following his arrest. USPS spokesman Pete Nowacki did not know Kunt's employment status Tuesday. In October, Nowacki said Kuntz could be subject to discipline, considering that USPS policy prohibits on-duty employees from drinking alcohol or being intoxicated.

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