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Worthington man accused of motor vehicle theft

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man accused of stealing a motor vehicle from a Worthington business and operating it under the influence was arrested Sunday.

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WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man accused of stealing a motor vehicle from a Worthington business and operating it under the influence was arrested Sunday.

Khamsone J. Soukhamthath, 29, faces motor vehicle theft, a felony, and DWI, a gross misdemeanor, charges in Nobles County District Court. A motor vehicle theft conviction is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

According to the criminal complaint, a Worthington police officer was en route to Jaycox Implement in Worthington to respond to a motor vehicle theft when he observed Soukhamthath walking along Minnesota 60. The officer was aware that the complainant had alleged that a suspect had taken a truck and attached trailer, drove into a ditch and fled on foot under a viaduct of Minnesota 60.

The truck and trailer were located in the ditch near where Soukhamthath was seen walking.

Upon contact, the officer believed Soukhamthath was under the influence of alcohol. A preliminary breath test indicated Soukhamthath’s blood alcohol content was .169 percent around 8 a.m. Sunday.

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He denied involvement in the theft and crash of the truck and trailer.

His bail was set at $7,500 with conditions or $20,000 without. His initial appearance in Nobles County District Court is scheduled for July 10.

According to Soukhamthath’s criminal history, he has been convicted of a number of crimes, including burglary, drugs, domestic assault and driving while intoxicated.

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