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Worthington man faces fourth DWI offense in last decade

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man is facing driving while intoxicated-related charges after allegedly operating a motor vehicle at a time when his blood alcohol content was more than two and a half times the legal limit — his fourth DWI-related incident within the last 10 years.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday in Nobles County District Court, Magok B. Ater, 33, was arrested Sunday after drifting his vehicle over the fog line, nearly striking the curb, in the Minnesota 60 and Interstate 90 roundabout.

A preliminary breath test on the scene reportedly resulted in an alcohol concentration reading of .216%.

The complaint described Ater as refusing to take another breath test after initially agreeing to do so. Ater also allegedly refused to sign paperwork generated for the DWI process and refused to be booked into the Nobles County Jail.

He’s been charged with two felony counts of DWI related to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and refusing to submit to a breath test. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor driving after license revocation. The maximum punishment for the felony-level offenses is seven years imprisonment, a $14,000 fine or both.

His conditional bail was scheduled at $1,000 and his unconditional at $25,000.

According to the complaint, Ater has had his Minnesota driver’s license revoked at least twice due to previous DWI incidents. He was convicted of DWI-related offenses in Nobles County in December 2018; Platte County, Missouri, in October 2013; and Madison County, Nebraska, in May 2010.  

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