Man with DWI history pleads guilty to felony DWI

A Coon Rapids man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of two felony DWI charges after being reported by a citizen that he was weaving all over Coon Rapids Boulevard.

Greg Allen Kassube, 47, entered a guilty plea Nov. 4 and will be sentenced Jan. 7, 2014. He remains free on $20,000 bail.

Kassube was charged with felony DWI for having had three or more prior convictions in the past 10 years.

Shortly after 1 a.m. March 15, a citizen reported that a green Ford van had been weaving from lane to lane from University Avenue when he began following it to westbound Coon Rapids Boulevard at Egret Boulevard, going into the ditch at one point, according to the complaint.

The caller provided police with the van’s license plate and the officer saw the vehicle back into the driveway on Coon Rapids Boulevard and the driver, identified as Kassube, get out of the driver’s seat.

The officer smelled the odor of alcohol on Kassube, but he denied he had been drinking, although refusing to say where he came from.

Kassube failed two field sobriety tests and refused to take a third, then at the police station he agreed to take a breath test, which had a blood-alcohol sample of .22, some two hours after the initial stop.

According to the complaint, Kassube has had four prior DWI convictions since 2004 – in Ramsey County, Wright County and the states of Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Peter Bodley is at
peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

 

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