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Dodge Center man sentenced for drunken crash

Eric Marquardt Eric Marquardt

Sped away from a deputy and wound up in a creek.

Posted: May 22, 2019 1:09 PM

MANTORVILLE, Minn. – It’s probation and a fine for a drunken crash in Dodge County.

Eric James Marquardt, 33 of Dodge Center, pleaded guilty Wednesday to DWI and a charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle was dismissed. Marquardt was arrested in early December 2018 after he sped away from a Dodge County sheriff’s deputy and wound up crashing his vehicle into a creek.

The deputy says Marquardt made a sudden turn to cut off oncoming traffic, sped up and turned off his lights, then drove through a T intersection and into a nearby field before winding up in the creek.

Marquardt was sentenced Wednesday to one year of supervised probation and a $600 fine.

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