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Domestic call leads to DWI charges for Willmar man

WILLMAR — Jason Matthew Schriener, 37, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of driving while impaired.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is March 24 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Schriener also faces a gross misdemeanor for violating a restricted driver’s license and misdemeanor charges of domestic assault, property damage, open bottle and failure to stop at a stop sign.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called Sunday to a residence on the southwest side of the city on a domestic incident. A woman reported that she and Schriener had argued and that he had attempted to stop her from leaving the home by pressing his arm against her. She also said that he was intoxicated and had smashed a table inside the residence and a car window.

Around the same time, another Willmar officer saw a vehicle that did not stop at the stop sign at Willmar Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest. The officer recognized Schriener from prior contacts and stopped the vehicle. Schriener showed signs of alcohol consumption, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. A breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.11. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Schriener agreed to be interviewed and allegedly admitted to arguing with the woman and to keeping her from leaving the house and to smashing the window because he was angry. Court documents say that told officers that he had been drinking beer and rum since the previous afternoon.

He also allegedly admitted that he was violating the alcohol restriction on his driver’s license and that he had a felony driving while impaired conviction in 2008.

Court records also show convictions for driving while impaired in 2002 and 2004.

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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