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Ogema man sentenced for DWI

Aaron Lemoyne Nylander, 39, of 34859 Fitches Beach Road, Ogema has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree DWI.

A felony charge of fourth-degree assault against an EMT was dismissed in a plea agreement, as was another gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI charge.

According to court records:

On Jan. 10, 2009, about 5:50 p.m. a Becker County deputy and a tribal police officer were dispatched to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover on County Road 110.

There was no one at the scene, but blood was observed inside the tan Chevrolet station wagon. Officers then received information that the driver, Nylander, had been given a ride home.

They arrived there in time to see him collapse and called an ambulance to take him to St. Mary's Innovis hospital in Detroit Lakes.

On the way there he allegedly became unruly and punched an EMT in the face, giving him a bloody nose. The ambulance stopped on County Road 34 and police were called.

Once at the hospital, he allegedly tested at .18 percent blood alcohol concentration. An interpreter was used because he is legally deaf.

On June 8, District Judge Joe Evans accepted his guilty plea on an Alford basis, meaning Nylander concedes the evidence is there to convict, but he does not admit guilt.

He was sentenced to 210 days in jail, all but 30 days stayed six years. He can do 15 days in prison and 15 days on electronic home monitoring at his own expense.

Work release privileges were granted and he can do community service work in lieu of the fine. He must pay $1,020 in fines and fees and get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations.