Driver who struck Anoka business sentenced

A 26-year-old Andover man was sentenced Feb. 20 in Anoka County District Court to 90 days in jail and seven years probation on a felony driving while impaired (DWI) conviction.

Seth Michael Hambleton waived his right to a jury trial and instead asked Judge Kristin Larson to make a decision, and she found him guilty.

Larson gave Hambleton a 90-day jail sentence, but credit for six days already served. Terms of the seven-year probation includes being in an intensive supervision program, enrollment in the Interlock Program. This Minnesota Department of Public Safety program requires convicted drunk drivers to go through this program for three to six years before they even get a chance to regain their driver’s license.

Hambleton must undergo random testing to ensure he is not consuming any alcohol or illegal drugs. He also cannot possess any firearms.

Hambleton was fined $1,115.

According to the criminal complaint, Hambleton was driving fast southbound on Highway 47 in Anoka just after 4 p.m. on March 4, 2012 when he hit a snow bank and went through a red light at Pleasant Street. The truck he was driving spun out of control and hit a traffic light pole before running into the Classy Consignments building.

The preliminary breath test showed a reading of 0.116 blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Hambleton was convicted of DWI in Stearns County in March 2006, in Anoka County in April 2007 and in Becker County in January 2010, so the DWI charges were elevated to the felony level, according to the complaint.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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