Southern Minnesota Lawmaker Settles DWI Case
Faribault, MN (KROC AM News) - A southern Minnesota state lawmaker who was arrested on a DWI charge has pleaded guilty to a careless driving count.
Senator John Jasinski of Faribault was arrested Oct. 3rd and charged with a misdemeanor DWI count and careless driving.
The 54-year-old Republican pleaded not guilty in December.
Last week he changed his mind and entered a guilty plea to the careless driving count.
As part of a plea agreement, the DWI charge was dismissed. He was given a stayed 90-day jail sentence and will be on probation for up to one year.
Jasinski was also ordered to pay nearly $300 in fines and fees and to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.
Jasinski made news earlier this month when a bill he co-authored was given a hearing in the Senate. Among those who testified was Arik Mattson, the Waseca police officer Jasinski honored with the bill:
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