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Two charged with DWI in separate stops

A 31-year-old Farmington man and a 21-year-old Apple Valley man face third degree charges of driving while impaired following a pair of traffic stops on Highway 52 in July.

A Dakota County Sheriff's deputy stopped 31-year-old Justin Randy Paulick just after midnight July 8 after Paulick reportedly drifted from one side of the road to the other. Paulick said he hadn't been drinking, but he failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of .229, well above the .08 limit. A later blood test showed a blood alcohol content of .21.

A deputy stopped 21-year-old Richard John Lorenz just before 9:30 p.m. July 18 for driving 95 miles per hour in a 65 MPH zone on Highway 52 in Empire Township.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office the deputy smelled alcohol while talking with Lorenz.

Lorenz reportedly admitted drinking four beers while tubing with friends on the Cannon River. He failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test. A blood test showed Lorenz had a blood alcohol concentration of .11.

Lorenz was convicted in August of 2009 in Hennepin County for driving while impaired.

If convicted on the third-degree charges they face Paulick and Lorenz could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $3,000. A fourth degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.