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Twin Valley man sentenced for refusing DWI test

Gary Lee Mendez, 31, of 301 Cleveland Ave. SW, Twin Valley has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree DWI test refusal.

Another felony DWI charge and a misdemeanor charge of failure to provide insurance were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 12:36 a.m. on Aug. 3 the sheriff's dispatch office received a call that a green van had left the roadway, and possibly rolled, on County Road 21 near the Sunlite Bar and Grill.

An officer approached the vicinity of the accident and saw a green van southbound on County Road 21, moving very slowly, with a flat rear tire.

He pulled it over and noted extensive damage to the left side, including scratches and gouges to the body as though a steel object had been sideswiped.

Mendez was the driver and tested .34 percent in a preliminary breath test. He was transported to jail, where he refused to undergo any additional testing.

On Wednesday, District Judge Peter Irvine sentenced him to 48 months in prison, execution of sentence stayed seven years.

He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail and an additional 30 days on electronic home monitoring. He was fined $4,500, with $3,000 of that stayed for seven years on a number of conditions.