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Sioux Falls woman arrested on fourth recent DWI incident

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ADRIAN — A Sioux Falls, S.D. woman arrested Friday for allegedly driving at a time when she was nearly three times the legal limit, and it’s her fourth recent driving while intoxicated offense.  

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday in Nobles County District Court, an Adrian police officer stopped Ajok Kat, 29, on Oct. 26 for speeding. Upon contact, the officer allegedly smelled what he suspected to be alcohol coming from her person. The officer also detailed that her eyes were watery and bloodshot.

An empty alcohol bottle was allegedly discovered in the glove compartment. A Nobles County Sheriff’s Office deputy and Minnesota state trooper also assisted at the scene.

Kat performed field sobriety tests, which the officer believed indicated impairment. She took a preliminary breath test, which indicated her blood alcohol content at .203 percent. She was arrested and taken to the Nobles County Jail, where she allegedly failed to provide an adequate breath sample.

Kat has been charged with felony test refusal and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, as well as with misdemeanor possession of an open bottle. A conviction of either felony-level offense is punishable up to seven years imprisonment, a $14,000 fine or both.

Her unconditional bail was scheduled at $12,000.

According to her criminal history record, she has had three prior qualified impaired driving incidents from 2016 to present, which increases the level of severity of the DWI charge.

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