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White Earth man in court for DWI

A White Earth man made his first appearance Aug. 10 in Becker County District Court on two felony counts of first degree driving while intoxicated.

Calvin Lee Jackson, 60, of 36095 Lynx Lane, White Earth, is also facing a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after license cancellation in connection with the Aug. 9 incident in White Earth.

A law enforcement officer spotted Jackson behind the wheel of a pickup being driven in White Earth, and knew his license had been canceled. The vehicle also had a cracked windshield, and Jackson reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

The officer initiated a traffic stop on County Road 34 at a little after 8 p.m., and noticed that Jackson, the driver, had a strong odor of alcohol on him as well as bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Jackson allegedly admitted that he'd consumed five cans of beer, and performed poorly on a field sobriety test.

A preliminary breath test administered at the scene showed his blood alcohol level to be at .25. A second test administered at the jail at just before 9:30 p.m. showed his alcohol level to still be at .19. He also reportedly has a prior conviction for felony DWI from 2003, and a canceled driver's license.

Jackson is in custody at the Becker County Jail awaiting his next court appearance, at a Sept. 4 omnibus hearing. His bail was set at $20,000 with conditions, or $50,000 without conditions.