WORTHINGTON - A Round Lake man will be given the opportunity to avoid a felony conviction related to an August drunk driving incident during which he fled law enforcement at high speeds on rural Nobles County roads.
Alex S. Untiedt, 21, received a stay of imposition for fleeing law enforcement at more than 100 miles per hour. Per the plea agreement, the felony-level offense will be recorded as a misdemeanor pending successful completion of a 27-day electronic home monitoring period and supervised probation for up to two years.
With a preliminary breath test reading of .124 percent blood alcohol content at the time of the incident, Untiedt was also convicted of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a gross misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 330 days in the Nobles County Jail, which he will not be required to serve pending compliance with probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $500 of which may be credited for out-of-pocket treatment expenses. The remaining $500 balance may be satisfied by community service.
Untiedt's defense lawyer John Sandy said although it wasn’t justification for his actions, Untiedt fled that day because he knew he’d been drinking and would likely lose his job helping maintain roads for Jackson County.
“He knew he had a lot at stake and would lose his CDL and job,” Sandy said, adding that the loss of that job has been a reality check for him.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore said it was refreshing to see the level of remorse Untiedt displayed to his probation agent. He addressed the cost of being convicted of a DWI - including fines, fees and the increased cost of insurance and warned that future offenses will be more expensive.