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Woman sentenced for driving under the influence

Melissa Marie Manypenny, 37, of White Earth, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony driving under the influence.

According to court records, at 10:24 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2018, a deputy on Becker County Road 21 saw a southbound vehicle with an illuminated LED light bar. Manypenny was the driver and shut it off before being pulled over. She gave a false name to the officer, admitted she was stoned, and failed field sobriety tests. A needle with liquid was found in a bag with her name on it. It field-tested positive for meth. Several other needles were also found, two of them full of liquid, and micro baggies with white residue were also found in the vehicle. She was convicted of DUI in Mahnomen County in 2012.

She appeared in court May 28 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced her to 48 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed seven years. She was ordered to serve 360 days in jail, with credit for 192 days served, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,195 in court fees.

She must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was placed on supervised probation for seven years, and must serve 30 days each year on electronic home monitoring.