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Osage man gets prison, fine for DWI

An Osage man has been convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of first-degree driving while intoxicated.

Ronnie Curtis Snyder, 52, of 2244 Church Road, Osage, was ordered to serve 41 months (3½ years) in prison, with credit for 200 days previously served, and fined $210, to be taken from his prison earnings.

A second felony DWI charge was dismissed, along with a gross misdemeanor count of driving after license revocation and a misdemeanor charge of giving false information to an officer.

The charges were filed in connection with a June 29, 2012 traffic incident in Becker County.

According to the criminal complaint, Snyder's vehicle was observed by a law enforcement officer traveling east on Highway 34, when it passed another vehicle with its emergency flashers activated, traveling in excess of 51 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

When the officer activated the lights and siren on the squad car, Snyder did not pull over at first. When the vehicle came to a stop on Riverside Drive, the officer noted that the driver showed multiple signs of intoxication. He also identified himself as "Randy Dale Snyder."

A preliminary breath test administered at the scene showed his blood alcohol level was at .20; a second test administered at the jail after his arrest produced the same result more than an hour later.