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Driving complaints leads to felony DWI charge for Worthington man

Alonso Martinez was arrested Nov. 12.

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ROCK COUNTY — A Worthington man is charged with first-degree DWI, a felony-level offense, and a gross misdemeanor traffic violation for reportedly driving after his license was canceled.

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On Nov. 12, a Minnesota State Trooper was alerted to multiple driving complaints involving a gold-colored minivan traveling eastbound on interstate 90. After several minutes, a minivan matching the description passed the officer’s location. A male driver was seen as the only occupant of the vehicle. The trooper then observed the vehicle drifting slowly over the fog line, before jerking back into the correct lane.

Dispatch advised the trooper that the vehicle had hit several construction barrels, according to the complainant. The trooper activated his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled over.

The driver, later identified as Alonso Martinez, 29, reportedly had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and smelled strongly of alcohol. His vehicle showed minor damage to the front driver side panel, front bumper and headlight.

Martinez was asked to exit the vehicle and perform some standardized sobriety tests, including a preliminary breath test. After several attempts, Martinez reportedly blew a .227 breath alcohol content.

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Martinez was arrested and taken to the Nobles County Jail. While enroute, it was discovered that Martinez’s license status was canceled, inimical to public safety. A review of Martinez’s criminal history showed multiple traffic-related violations within the last 10 years, including two prior DWI convictions.

While Martinez was released on Nov. 14, a warrant was issued the following week when he reportedly failed to make his initial appearance.

If convicted, Martinez faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both for the felony DWI charge. The maximum penalty for driving after cancellation is one year in jail, a $3,000 fine, or both.

Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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