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Misdemeanor plea made in felony-DWI case

WINONA -- A rural Winona man pleaded guilty in September to second-degree driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor.

Sentencing for Keven W. Bruhschwein, 40, has been set for Thursday. He was the first in Winona County to be charged under the state's new law allowing those with at least four driving under the influence charges in 10 years to be charged with a felony.

According to records in Winona District Court, the first-degree DWI charge against him was modified to second-degree. First-degree DWI refusing to take a breath test and failure to provide proof of insurance were dropped.

The complaint filed Aug. 5 in Winona District Court alleges he was seen driving between Dakota and Dresbach early Aug. 3, going 55 mph in a 40-mph zone. A deputy stopped him, and when he talked with him, smelled alcohol on his breath. Bruhschwein failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.

A check found Bruhschwein was convicted of driving under the influence in 1993 and 1999 and refused to take a sobriety test in 1998.

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