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Man charged with felony DWI reportedly had BAC nearly three times legal limit

Navarro has three prior impaired driving incidents within the last 10 years.

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington resident is charged with felony DWI after being pulled over by a Nobles County Sheriff's deputy, with three prior impaired driving incidents within the last 10 years. Filiberto Navarro, 28, is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving after license cancellation.

Navarro was pulled over after a deputy observed a black pickup driving at a faster than normal speed and making jerking movements while traveling through the North Humiston Casey’s parking lot. The deputy followed the vehicle and saw that it had passed the Ryan’s Road intersection, leading the deputy to believe the driver was traveling over the speed limit. The deputy activated his squad’s emergency lights and accelerated to catch up to the vehicle. He observed it turn south onto Grand Avenue and come to a stop with its rear passenger tire on the sidewalk area.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy reportedly smelled marijuana coming from within and observed the driver, later identified as Navarro, to have watery, bloodshot eyes. According to the criminal complaint, there was an open box of tequila between the front driver’s seat and passenger seat. Navarro reportedly admitted he had a little bit of alcohol.

During a preliminary breath test at the scene, Navarro was found to have a blood alcohol content of .23. Navarro was placed under arrest and transported to the Nobles County Jail, where he provided a urine sample and was held for court. His initial appearance is scheduled for May 18.

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

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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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