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Fargo man sentenced for felony DWI in Becker County

Christopher Michael Paulson, 41, of Fargo, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI. A second felony DWI charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, shortly after midnight on July 7, 2018, a deputy saw a pickup truck with North Dakota plates parked and blocking the westbound lane of County Road 4.

A white box van was parked on the shoulder and it appeared the two drivers were talking.

Paulson told the deputy that he had been talking to the other driver about his driving conduct, and that the other driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Paulson appeared intoxicated himself, and tested at .14 percent blood alcohol content when given a breath test. The legal limit is .08 percent.

He has three prior DWI convictions, in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

Paulson appeared in court April 17 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 36 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed seven years.

He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail, with credit for three days served. Work release privileges were granted, and electronic home monitoring was approved. He was fined $1,500, plus $1,620 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations. He was placed on supervised probation for seven years.

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