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Man Gets 1 Year In Jail for 18th DWI

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(credit: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

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NEWPORT, Minn. (WCCO) — A 55-year-old man will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to his 18th DWI on Wednesday in Washington County District Court.

Paul David Garay pleaded guilty to one gross misdemeanor charge and had two other charges, also gross misdemeanors, dropped in connection with a Christmas Eve 2010  incident where he drove drunk and lost control of his car, ending up in a ditch near Interstate 494 and Hwy. 61 in Newport.

According to a criminal complaint, Garay had a blood alcohol concentration of about twice the legal limit at the time of the incident. He also had a valid driver’s license despite 17 prior DWI convictions, according to court documents.

He was sentenced to a year in jail with credit for 316 days served in the Washington County Jail.

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