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Atwater, Minn., man with 10 prior convictions faces another charge for driving while impaired

WILLMAR - Elgene Wayne Mahn, 58, of Atwater, made his first appearance Monday on felony driving while impaired charges for allegedly attempting to drive a vehicle Saturday in Spicer while he was intoxicated.

Unconditional bail was set at $90,000. His next appearance is Aug. 8. Mahn also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor charge of open bottle.

According to the court file, Mahn has 10 prior convictions for drunken driving dating back to 1974, including three prior convictions in the last 10 years. The recent prior convictions were in April 2007, November 2007 and December 2010.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 5:20 p.m. Saturday to County Park 4 at Salisbury Beach in Spicer regarding an extremely intoxicated person attempting to drive a vehicle.

The deputy found Mahn in the driver's seat of the vehicle, showing signs of alcohol consumption. The keys to the vehicle were lying on the floorboard.

The person who called law enforcement told the deputy that Mahn had started the vehicle and drove it back and forth before taking the keys and dropping them to the floor of the vehicle.

A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 percent. Mahn also failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. A breath test at the Law Enforcement Center showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.28. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Officers also found an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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