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Woman gets jail for pills found after being pulled over

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An Ogema woman was sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court on a felony drug possession charge.

Jessica Mae Nelson, 31, of 31257 320th St., Ogema, was ordered to serve 12 months and one day in prison, stayed on conditions including completion of 180 days in jail and up to 10 years of supervised probation ,as well as community service work in lieu of $1,160 in court fines and fees.

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Nelson was also convicted on a gross misdemeanor charge of third degree driving while intoxicated; an additional count of DWI and one misdemeanor count of driving after license revocation were dismissed. On the DWI charge, she was sentenced to 210 days in jail, with 30 days stayed and up to six years of supervised probation on conditions including payment of an $80 fine.

Nelson was originally charged in connection with a June 6 incident in Detroit Lakes.

According to the criminal complaint, Nelson was arrested shortly after 1:10 a.m. Wednesday. A police officer observed her vehicle being driven slowly on Frazee Street, then almost hitting the curb making a wide turn onto West Lake Drive, where the vehicle continued to travel in the parking lane of the roadway, at one point swerving to avoid a parked car.

After a traffic stop was initiated, Nelson appeared to be intoxicated, and there was an open can of beer in the center console of her vehicle. She allegedly showed multiple signs of impairment during field sobriety tests administered at the scene, and the results of a preliminary breath test showed her blood alcohol level to be at .215.

When Nelson was arrested and taken to the jail for booking, two pills were found in her pocket that were found to contain a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. She did not have a prescription for the pills, which she said someone had given to her for a headache, the complaint stated.

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