Prosecutor charged with DUI in Ward County

Prosecutor charged with DUI in Ward County

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BISMARCK – A Ward County prosecutor was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing her pickup into a car and submitting to a breath test that registered her blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, court documents say.

Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Ann Dillon, 50, of Minot, was charged with DUI Monday in Minot Municipal Court.

Reached by cell phone for comment Wednesday, Dillon said, “I have nothing to say,” and hung up.

State’s Attorney Rozanna Larson did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

A police affidavit says the man who reported the crash at 11:33 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of 17th Ave. S.W. said it appeared as if Dillon was trying to leave the scene in her 2014 Honda Ridgeline. It appeared the Honda Civic hit by the pickup had been pushed about 20 feet forward, he officer noted.

The officer found Dillon in the pickup with the airbag deployed. She had bloodshot and watery eyes, was slurring her words and “appeared to be ‘out of it’ and was staring off into the distance while speaking with me,” Officer Ross Lakoduk wrote in his affidavit of probable cause.

The vehicle was still in drive, and Dillon said she was unable to remove the keys. She told the officer that she had reached down to grab her cell phone before the crash occurred, the affidavit states.

Dillon said she had a few glasses of wine earlier, the officer wrote.

Dillon was uninjured but paramedics recommended she be transported to the emergency room at Trinity Health, where the officer clearly smelled alcohol on her breath, the affidavit states. Dillion initially refused to answer questions or take sobriety field tests, it states.

After the officer got authorization from the doctor to request a breath test, he saw Dillon trying to leave the ER without being discharged, he wrote, adding, “I physically had to step in front of Dillon and put my arms out to stop her from leaving.”

After speaking with her lawyer, Dillon consented to a breath test at 1:22 a.m. Sunday, nearly two hours after the crash was reported. The test indicated a blood-alcohol level of .179 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent, the affidavit states.

Dillon was arrested and cited for DUI and taken to the Minot Police Department. She posted $750 bond for her release Sunday and is scheduled for her first court appearance on April 1.

Reach Nowatzki at (701) 255-5607 or by email at mnowatzki@forumcomm.com.

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