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Man charged with car theft

Ernie Edwin Blackburde Jr., 25, of St. Cloud has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft of a motor vehicle and two second-degree DWI charges, both gross misdemeanors.

According to court records:

On Thursday, Detroit Lakes police responded to a report of a Grand Am stolen from a residence in Detroit Lakes.

The owner had not given anyone permission to drive the car, but had learned that someone named "Ernie" had been dropped off on his block just prior to the theft.

Police found the car stuck in snow a few blocks away. Blackburde was allegedly driving, and his blood alcohol concentration allegedly tested at .22 percent.

He appeared Monday before District Judge Joe Evans, who set bail or bond at $12,000 without conditions or $4,000 with standard conditions, including the use of alcohol sensors. His next court appearance was set for March 15.