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Police officer pleads guilty to DWI; sentenced to probation

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

A 20-year veteran with the Rochester Police Department pleaded guilty this morning to one misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

Sgt. Michael Shawn Beery will have one misdemeanor and two gross misdemeanor charges dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Police Chief Roger Peterson was not available for comment this morning about Beery’s job status.

Judge Kevin Lund sentenced Beery to two years of probation. Beery will also have to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and undergo treatment if deemed necessary.

Beery will have to pay $700 in fines and fees and has been given credit for two days served in jail. He will be subject to random testing and searches and will have to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel.

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The Winona County Attorney’s office prosecuted the case to avoid possible conflicts of interest.

Beery, 49, was arrested May 29 after police were called shortly after midnight by a woman who said she was following a pickup that was weaving across traffic lanes in northwest Rochester. Beery was off-duty at the time.

According to police, an officer responding to the call noticed a truck in the area of 15th Avenue and 22nd Street Northwest that stopped for an unusually long time at a stop sign. The truck also made an improper turn and weaved across traffic lanes, according to police.

The officer recognized the driver as Beery, and the truck was stopped near 22nd Street and Elton Hills Drive Northwest.

Beery failed field sobriety tests, according to police and was taken into custody. He was placed on administrative leave after the incident.

Beery joined the police department on Feb. 1, 1988. He was promoted to sergeant on Sept. 1, 1998.

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