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White Earth man sentenced to prison for DWI

A White Earth man was sentenced Tuesday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of first-degree driving while intoxicated and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after license revocation.

Calvin Lee Jackson, 61, of P.O. Box 412, White Earth, was sentenced to 36 months in prison on the felony charge, with credit for 125 days served since his arrest. He was also fined $150, to be paid for from his prison earnings.

On the gross misdemeanor charge, he was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with credit for 125 days served. A second felony count of DWI was dismissed.

Jackson was charged in connection with an 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 percent. 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.