Duane Carteze Watson, 55, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with two counts of felony DWI, a felony charge of threats of violence and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to court records, on Dec. 26 police were called to Watson's Detroit Lakes residence for a welfare check on a woman who told a third party that Watson had beat her up and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. Police were also informed that Watson was driving a blue 2015 Chevy Equinox and was possibly intoxicated.

The victim said she had been sitting and working at a computer at home and Watson had come up and slapped her, according to court records. She got up, grabbed a coat and went into the garage to leave, but he got in her face, told her she wasn’t leaving, slapped her and knocked her down.

She gave up and went back to the computer. He came back in and told her she was the cause of it, and if she told the police that he would kill her and her family. She later told police she was afraid of him, and turned over a handgun that Watson had access to at the residence.

An officer pulled Watson over later in the afternoon. He told the officer that he and the woman had gotten into a fight. He smelled strongly of alcohol, according to court records, but refused to comply with field sobriety testing, refused to get out of the vehicle and refused to take a breath test. He was arrested after a brief struggle.

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At the jail he again refused to take a breath test, claiming it was because the arresting officer was drunk.

Watson was previously convicted of DWI in Otter Tail County in 2017.

He appeared in court Dec. 27 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who set cash bail at $50,000 or bond at $50,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $200,000 with no conditions.

Sex charges filed after July 4 lake gathering in Becker County

Christopher Allen Johnson, 20, of Dilworth has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

On July 4 Johnson was with several other people at a Becker County lake property when, according to court documents, he molested and had intercourse with a woman who had passed out. The woman did not remember it the next day, but another woman in the same tent witnessed it and told her, according to the criminal complaint.

Johnson admitted going into the tent about 1:30 a.m. where the two women were sleeping, but said he merely went to sleep and no sexual activity occurred. A DNA sample from the victim that was tested by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension came back Oct. 3 as a match for Johnson.

On Dec. 23 District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a summons for Johnson to appear in court Jan. 16.

Meth charges filed against Perham woman

Tanya Ann Miller, 38, of Perham has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Dec. 24 she was the driver of a vehicle parked off Highway 87 near Frazee.

An officer stopped to check on the vehicle and smelled marijuana, and a search revealed 3.66 grams of meth in a plastic baggy inside a pink case and another 3.49 grams of meth in a baggy inside a camouflage backpack inside the vehicle.

On Dec. 27, Judge Jay Carlson ordered her released without bail, but with standard conditions of release.

Charges filed after 3 found in stolen vehicle

Three people were charged in Becker County District Court in an incident involving a stolen vehicle.

Brett Warren Stevens, 25, and Abby Renee Tellinghuisen, 30, both of rural Ponsford, were charged with felony receiving stolen property. Joshua Lawrence Miller, 28, of rural Mahnomen was charged with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Dec. 22 Stevens, the driver, was slumped, as though asleep, over the wheel of a tan pickup truck parked in the middle of County Road 26. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer saw the vehicle in the road, conducted a traffic stop, and noticed the steering wheel was damaged and appeared to have been manipulated to work without an ignition key.

Stevens told the officer he got the vehicle “from some white dude” on the reservation. It turned out to have been reported stolen three days earlier in Lyon County. Items in the vehicle were also part of the theft, according to the criminal complaint.

According to court records, Miller told the officer that all three of them had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle, that Tellinghuisen had been involved in a gas driver-off that morning and he had helped pump the gas. A small black bag under Miller’s seat contained a scale and a bag with meth in it. Miller said they got the truck from a man who had gotten it from his uncle and the three had no permission to be in it. He also denied knowing about the meth, according to court records.

Stevens appeared in court Dec. 24 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail at $600 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 with no conditions.

Bail for Tellinghuisen was set at $400 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 with no conditions.

Miller was released without bail on his own recognizance.

Snowy license plate leads to drug charge

Terri Lynn Tourville, 48, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Dec. 21 she was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over in Detroit Lakes because snow was obstructing a license plate.

The driver did not have a valid license and the vehicle was not insured. Prior to towing, the officer did an inventory search and found a small baggy containing meth on the front seat where Tourville was sitting. Total weight was 3.76 grams meth with packaging. In her purse was found a pipe, a butane torch and a digital scale.

Tourville appeared in court Dec. 23 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail at $150 or bond at $2,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 with no conditions.

Perham woman accused of switching barcodes at Walmart

Blair Ann Neyens, 27, of Perham has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree burglary and felony theft by swindle.

According to court records, on Dec. 21 a police officer was called to the Detroit Lakes Walmart on a report that Neyens had been systematically placing the barcodes of cheaper items on items of greater value before checking out.

She was arrested and the officer found dozens of small pieces of paper in her pocket. She said they were the sticky backs of bar codes that she had peeled off and stuck on merchandise. She had been banned from Walmart in October and admitted she knew she was trespassing.

According to the criminal complaint, Neyens is accused of having swindled $716 worth of merchandise on Dec. 17, $65 worth on Dec. 12, and $283 worth on Dec. 21, for a total of $1,065.

Neyens appeared in court Dec. 23 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail at $300 or bond at $3,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $15,000 with no conditions.