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Sioux Falls man to appear on 13th DWI charge

WORTHINGTON -- A Sioux Falls, S.D., man will make his initial appearance next week in Nobles County District Court to face what the Minnesota State Patrol has reported to be his 13th DWI case since 1988.

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WORTHINGTON - A Sioux Falls, S.D., man will make his initial appearance next week in Nobles County District Court to face what the Minnesota State Patrol has reported to be his 13th DWI case since 1988.

According to court documents, a Minnesota State Trooper was on routine patrol south of Luverne when he was called upon to investigate a report of a wrong-way driver driving west on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near mile marker 45. The vehicle, operated by Alexander Valentinovich Sazonov, 50, was described as a white van.
The officer proceeded eastbound until he encountered a white van driving westbound near mile marker 31 and crossing several feet over the fog line while driving in the right-hand lane.

The officer pulled the van over and observed a white plastic bucket containing red aluminum cans positioned between the front seats. A cardboard 24-pack of beer container was positioned on the floorboard of the right front seat.
When speaking with the driver, the officer found him to be difficult to understand. When asked how much he had to drink, Sazonov replied, “Just couple beers.”
Sazonov was then asked to complete a field sobriety test, to which he agreed. Sazonov failed the exam in each area of the test, and was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Nobles County Jail.
At the jail, Sazonov agreed to take a breath test. He had an alcohol concentration of 0.24 within two hours of the time he had been operating a motor vehicle.
Sazonov appeared in court earlier this week for a bail hearing, and bail was set at $1,500 with conditions. Conditions included electronic monitoring, abstaining from alcohol and controlled substances, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding and to make all future court appearances.
Sazonov faces two gross misdemeanor counts of DWI. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail, a $3,000 fine or both. Sazonov was last convicted of driving under the influence in South Dakota in 2014.
Sazonov has also been convicted of multiple counts of driving after revocation, speeding and other driving related offenses.

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