Three men in court on felony drunken driving charges
WILLMAR -- Three men made their first court appearances Tuesday on charges of felony driving while impaired. All three have at least three prior convictions for drunken driving.
David Thomas Condon, 29, of Kandiyohi, faces two driving while impaired charges, along with a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety and a petty misdemeanor for failure to signal a turn. His unconditional bail was set at $25,000 with conditional release allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is March 7.
Lionel Lopez, 27, of Willmar, faces two DWI charges plus a misdemeanor for driving after cancellation. His unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional release allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is also March 7.
Larry Alan Leukuma, 59, of Dassel, had appeared on Thursday on gross misdemeanor driving while impaired charges, but they were amended to felony level. He also faces a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor for open bottle. His bail was set at $20,000, with conditional release on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is Monday.
According to the complaint against Condon, a Willmar police officer noticed a car in a parking lot around 1:20 a.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 12 East and turned in to check on the vehicle, which then sped away. The officer followed the car into a parking lot, where the driver appeared to attempt to hide the vehicle behind a snowbank and a Dumpster. The driver, identified as Condon, came out with his hands up when the officer shined a spotlight on him. He allegedly failed field sobriety tests, had a preliminary breath test of 0.095 and was arrested. An Intoxilyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.08, the threshold for DWI.
Condon has prior DWI convictions in 2003, 2006 and 2010.
According to the complaint against Lopez, a police officer was called around 7:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a vehicle that had been taken without the owner's permission. The officer found the vehicle driving on Gorton Avenue and stopped it. Lopez failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.14. He was arrested and an Intoxilyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.17.
He has a prior conviction in October 2004 in Texas, plus two convictions in September 2007 and February 2008 in Kandiyohi County.
According to the complaint against Leukuma, an officer on patrol around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday noticed a vehicle parked in the middle of Monongalia Avenue without its headlights on. The officer stopped the vehicle nearby in the McDonalds parking lot.
The driver, Leukuma, submitted to a preliminary breath test, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.174. He was arrested and refused to test at the Law Enforcement Center.
Leukuma has a prior felony conviction in December 2003 and eight driving while impaired convictions from 1978 to 1996. He is charged under the state statute that allows a felony charge against a person who has previously been convicted of a felony for impaired driving.