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Moorhead man gets prison for DWI

A Moorhead man was convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of first degree driving while intoxicated.

Darcy Wayne Christianson, 49, of 912 18½ St., Moorhead, was ordered to serve 46 months (almost four years) in prison, with credit for 135 days served since his arrest, and must also pay $316 in court fines, fees and restitution.

A second count of gross misdemeanor driving after license cancellation was dismissed.

Christianson was arrested April 1 in Frazee on suspicion of drunk driving.

According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle allegedly rammed a road sign near the Morningside Hotel outside Frazee, at about 9:47 p.m. The same vehicle was later spotted at the All-N-All in Frazee, and when questioned by law enforcement, the driver, Christianson, appeared to be intoxicated.

He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test administered at the scene showed an alcohol concentration of .227, according to the complaint. Christianson allegedly refused to take a second breath test at the jail after he was arrested.

Christianson has numerous DWI convictions on his record, including one for felony DWI on July 16, 2003. He had also been convicted on numerous counts of driving after license cancellation and a failure to provide proof of insurance violation.