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Carlton County attorney pleads guilty to DWI

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Carlton County's attorney has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Thom Pertler pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree DWI. That was for refusing to submit to a chemical test. Six other counts, including speeding, open bottle, and no proof of insurance, were dismissed.

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Pertler apologized before his sentencing. He says "words can't describe" his remorse.

The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/OeMxvZ) reports the judge sentenced Pertler to one year in jail, but the sentence for stayed for two years of supervised probation. Pertler was fined $2,095, but $1,000 of the fine will be stayed if he follows conditions of his probation.

A state trooper stopped Pertler in Duluth for driving erratically last July.

A preliminary breath test indicated Pertler had a blood-alcohol content of 0.234 percent, nearly three times the legal limit to drive in Minnesota.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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