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Willmar woman faces felony drunken driving charge

WILLMAR — Jane Leslie Docken, 56, of Willmar, made her first court appearance Wednesday on two felony charges of driving while impaired, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation – inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor count of open bottle.

Unconditional bail was set at $28,000. Her next appearance is Feb. 10 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched around 9 p.m. Tuesday to a location six miles south of Willmar along U.S. Highway 71 regarding a vehicle that had been located there. The vehicle and driver had been the subject of an earlier traffic complaint about an intoxicated driver.

The driver was identified as Docken and first responders determined that she was not injured but was intoxicated. The deputy noted that she had an extreme odor of alcohol and extremely bloodshot eyes and was in and out of consciousness, so much so that the deputy could not hold a conversation with her. An open bottle of rum was located in the back seat of her vehicle.

The deputy did not subject Docken to field sobriety tests because he did not want her to risk injury. She was placed in a squad car and taken to Rice Memorial Hospital to be examined.

At the hospital, she agreed to give a blood sample, but then got irritated with hospital staff and refused to cooperate and give the blood. She remained at the hospital as she was receiving intravenous fluids.

Around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, she was transported to the county jail and allegedly apologized to the deputy, noting that she had no recollection of driving, but allegedly admitting that she knew she was intoxicated and should not have been driving.

Docken has three prior convictions for driving while impaired, including convictions in December 2007, June 2010 and September 2012. 

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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