Man has prison stayed on felony DWI plea

A Coon Rapids man, who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court in November 2013 to one of two felony DWI charges, has had prison time stayed.

At sentencing Feb. 14, Greg Allen Kassube, 47, was placed on probation for seven years after the court stayed a 42-month prison term.

Kassube must serve 240 days in jail, but not all at once. According to court files, he will serve 45 days starting March 14, then 45 days each starting Feb. 1, 2015, Feb. 1, 2016 and Feb. 1, 2017, then finally 60 days starting Feb. 1, 2018. He was also fined $500.

Probation conditions include a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, mental health assessment, submit DNA sample, random urinalysis and breath testing, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol, attend a sober support group at least once a week and do not enter establishments where alcohol is the primary source of income.

Shortly after 1 a.m. March 15, 2013, a citizen reported that a green Ford van had been weaving from lane to lane on University Avenue and he followed it to westbound Coon Rapids Boulevard and all the way to Egret Boulevard, the van going into the ditch at one point, according to the complaint.

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

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

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 the complaint, the charges filed against Kassube were felonies because he had four previous prior DWI convictions since 2004 – in Ramsey and Wright counties as well as in the states of Wisconsin and Nebraska.

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