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Worthington man arrested for fifth DWI

WORTHINGTON -- After a five-year hiatus from moving violations, Reed Gilo Cham was arrested last week for driving while impaired for a fifth time since 2003. He had his children in the vehicle on this occasion, according to the criminal complaint.

Cham, 40, of Worthington, is charged with first-degree DWI, test refusal, terroristic threats and fourth-degree assault on a peace officer.

The complaint states a Worthington police officer on patrol saw a vehicle turn south onto Park Lane from Oxford Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. May 10.

The officer recognized the driver as Cham from previous police contact.

After noting Cham wasn't wearing a seatbelt, the officer followed the vehicle and watched as Cham allegedly made a right-hand turn, driving up over a curb and onto the grass before going back onto the street.

When he stopped the vehicle and approached, the officer noted the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Cham's eyes were allegedly glassy and bloodshot, and his speech was slurred.

It took him several moments to get his driver's license out of his wallet.

Cham told the officer he had not been drinking alcohol. The officer noted two children in the backseat -- a 9- and a 10-year-old.

The officer asked Cham to perform some field sobriety tests, but decided to end the tests for safety reasons after Cham almost fell over and lost his balance twice.

When the officer tried to administer a preliminary breath test, Cham would put his lips around the tube, but would not blow air.

Arrangements were made for the children to be brought to relatives, and Cham was taken to Prairie Justice Center.

During the drive, Cham screamed and spit at officers. In the intoxilyzer office, he allegedly told the officers he was going to shoot them, and repeatedly yelled at them for taking his children away.

At one point, he allegedly stood up from his chair, fell to his knees and pleaded with God. When an officer tried to get him up, Cham spit in his face.

Because of Cham's lack of control and cooperation, the officer decided not to continue with the implied consent advisory, and considered him to be refusing.

He was brought to the jail and put in a constraint chair.

In 2003, Cham was arrested once in Blue Earth County and twice in Nobles County for DWI.

Two of the arrests were a mere 15 days apart. In February 2004, he was sentenced to 36 months incarceration after pleading to two counts of test refusal on one count of third-degree DWI.

In 2005, he was cited three different times for driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety and sentenced to one year in jail, but by January 2006 was arrested again for DWI, driving after cancellation and driving an unregistered vehicle.

He was convicted of the DWI charge and sentenced in July 2006 to 48 months in prison.

As of Monday, Cham was still in custody in the Nobles County Jail.

He is scheduled to make an initial appearance May 22 in Nobles County District Court.