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Willmar, Minn., man sentenced to treatment for his ninth DWI conviction

WILLMAR -- Tracy Allen Rohloff, 40, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 84 months in prison, which was stayed, plus a five-year conditional release period on his ninth conviction for driving while impaired.

Rohloff was ordered to remain in the county jail until he can immediately enter the Teen Challenge long-term chemical dependency program. He must serve seven years of probation and pay a $1,500 fine as part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The felony charge, along with another felony for driving while impaired and misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation and uninsured vehicle, was filed after Rohloff was arrested on July 1, 2011. The remaining charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Rohloff was given credit for the 446 days he has already served in custody.

According to court records, Rohloff has been convicted of driving while impaired eight times in the past 20 years, including felony convictions in September 2002 in Todd County and November 2006 in Kandiyohi County.

The current charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was informed by dispatch that Rohloff was drinking at the Green Mill restaurant around 11 p.m. June 30, 2011. Someone had reported that he was at the bar, what vehicle he had driven there and that he did not have a valid driver's license.

The officer found the car in the parking lot and verified through the state system that Rohloff did not have a valid driver's license. The officer also viewed his photo from the Department of Vehicle Services.

The same officer saw the vehicle while on patrol about 90 minutes later. The officer pulled beside the vehicle, saw Rohloff and stopped the vehicle. Rohloff admitted to driving without a valid license and having no insurance. The officer smelled alcohol and saw that Rohloff exhibited signs of alcohol consumption.

Rohloff was arrested and the Intoxilyzer test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, double the threshold for DWI. He admitted to consuming 12 beers before driving.

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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