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Man sent to prison for 28th DWI conviction

Man sent to prison for 28th DWI conviction Click to Enlarge

FERGUS FALLS (KBRF) - Tomorrow will be Danny Lee Bettcher’s birthday, but the rural New York Mills man won’t be celebrating with a drink. Instead, he’ll start serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence after being convicted of refusal to submit to testing for DWI.

The 64-year-old Bettcher was pulled over September 28th last year and arrested for the 28th time for DWI.

An off-duty Otter Tail County deputy allegedly saw Bettcher drinking at the New York Mills VFW and the deputy believed Bettcher was drunk when he left the establishment and got into his car.

The officer followed Bettcher onto Highway 10 where Bettcher was driving at 10 mph and was swerving. He was pulled over and produced a license with an alcohol restriction. He refused testing for an alcohol level.

Bettcher was convicted of first-degree DWI in 2010 and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was sentenced Monday in Otter Tail County District Court, being given credit for 131 days of jail time already served.

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