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Willmar, Minn., man gets jail, probation for vehicle theft, drunken driving

WILLMAR -- Jose Daniel Salinas Jr., 20, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation, 41 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and fleeing a sheriff's deputy.

WILLMAR -- Jose Daniel Salinas Jr., 20, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation, 41 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and fleeing a sheriff's deputy.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Salinas was also ordered to pay $5,648.16 in restitution and submit to a chemical use assessment and gambling screening. He was also sentenced on a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. That sentence includes 365 days in jail -- with 284 days stayed and credit for 34 days already served -- plus two years of probation and 60 days of electronic alcohol monitoring. The remaining 47 days in jail and 30 of the 60 days of monitoring can be deferred if he is in compliance with staggered sentencing requirements.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, another gross misdemeanor for driving while impaired and a misdemeanor for fleeing an officer on foot were dismissed.

The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was northbound on Business 71 near Civic Center around 3:10 a.m. June 18 and saw a black Chevy Camaro driving without headlights or taillights. The deputy turned to follow the vehicle as it turned onto 13th Avenue Northeast and activated his emergency lights after seeing the Camaro enter a ditch. The car then turned into an alley and struck a tree.

Three people got out and fled, while a 16-year-old boy stayed in the car. The deputy caught the driver -- identified as Salinas -- while other officers pursued and caught 16- and 17-year-old juveniles. Salinas had a blood-alcohol content of 0.298 percent when he was given a breath test. A second test administered at the Law Enforcement Center showed a 0.23 blood-alcohol content. The DWI threshold is 0.08 percent.

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The vehicle was reported stolen later that morning when the owner returned home from work and found it missing. The owner reported he had just purchased the vehicle.

The 16-year-old reported they were walking in Regency Estates East, saw a Camaro and then later saw Salinas driving the car. A witness reported seeing four Latino males walking around 3 a.m. and observed a Camaro racing through the park.

Salinas had a prior conviction for driving while impaired in March 2008.

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