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Two more DWI convictions for Adrian man

WORTHINGTON -- An Adrian man who was convicted of driving while impaired in 2007 pleaded guilty Tuesday to two more DWI charges.

Austin Wayne Kruger, 27, appeared in Nobles County District Court on four different criminal files, two of which were Rock County cases.

In Rock County, Kruger was facing DWI, theft, driving after revocation, open bottle, unregistered vehicle and no proof of insurance charges, along with an unrelated dishonored check charge.

His Nobles County cases included a contempt of court file and DWI.

Kruger pleaded guilty to the two DWI charges; the rest were dismissed as per the plea agreement.

He agreed to pay $69 in restitution in the dishonored check charge, which was taken from the cash bail he had posted after his arrest.

Kruger admitted in court he had been driving a vehicle after drinking in March 2011 in Nobles County and in May 2011 in Rock County.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and quashed Feb. 9 after he was picked up Feb. 6.

His attorney, Louis Kuchera, told Judge George Harrelson Kruger had been sober ever since being arrested for violating his conditions of release.

He also added Kruger had a premature baby in the hospital. Kruger, when asked, had no comment to make.

Per the plea agreement, Kruger was sentenced to 90 days incarceration on the Rock County DWI and 30 days on the Nobles County DWI, with a one-year sentence being stayed for execution.

Probation was set for up to two years, and a $1,000 fine ordered for each DWI conviction.

The two jail sentences will be served concurrently, with credit for the approximate 53 days of jail time already served.

Kruger was ordered to submit to a chemical dependency evaluation and is to abstain from alcohol and any drugs not prescribed. He is also subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

Kruger has a previous conviction for issuing a dishonored check in 2007 in Rock County, and in 2008 was charged in Nobles County with DWI, uninsured vehicle and unregistered vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the DWI charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. In 2008 he was convicted of disorderly conduct, and in 2009 admitted guilt to a probation violation. He was also fined for littering in 2010.

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