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Minneapolis Man Charged with Felony DWI in Eagan

Police say Elliot Alexander Williams had a blood-alcohol content of twice the legal limit when he was stopped for speeding in Eagan.

 

A Minneapolis man has been charged with felony drunken driving after police say he drove 90 mph through Eagan last week with a blood-alcohol content of twice the legal limit.

Elliot Alexander Williams, 22, is charged with two counts of felony first-degree DWI, each of which carries a minimum penalty of three years in prison and a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. 

He is also charged with driving with a canceled license, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Williams remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $40,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled July 24 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

According to the criminal complaint, an Eagan police officer was on patrol near Highway 13 and Cedar Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. June 25 when he spotted a speeding car. The officer caught up to the car and clocked the driver at 90 mph in a 65 mph zone. 

The officer stopped the car and approached the driver, who was identified as Williams. The officer noted that Williams’ eyes were watery and bloodshot, and said he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the car.

Williams told the officer that he'd had one drink at a bar in Apple Valley, according to the complaint. The officer conducted sobriety tests, and Williams’ blood-alcohol level was determined to be .16 percent, twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

The officer checked Williams’ criminal history and found that his driver’s license had been canceled, and that he had three previous alcohol-related convictions on his record.

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