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Rosemount man faces DWI charges despite staying in driveway

A 28-year-old Rosemount man faces felony charges of driving while impaired and lesser charges of obstructing the legal process and damaging property despite apparently never getting more than a few feet from his driveway.

Rosemount police arrested James Geraghty Bouchard at around 3 a.m. Dec. 2 after receiving a complaint about someone playing loud music and squealing the tires of his pickup truck in his driveway.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the officer who responded was standing in the street waiting for backup when Bouchard got out of the truck. When he saw the officer, Bouchard ran into the house. The officer chased him inside and attempted to arrest him. Bouchard resisted, swinging his arms at the officer and swearing at him.

According to the complaint, Bouchard smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. Asked if he would take a breath test, Bouchard reportedly refused and swore at the officer.

In the light of day, the officer noticed tire tracks in the yard and skid marks on the driveway. A neighbor's mailbox had been knocked down, and there was a piece of a trailer wire plug on the box that had been torn off of Bouchard's truck.

A neighbor told police he'd heard loud noises around 2:20 a.m. Dec. 2 and looked out the window to see Bouchard, who turned 28 Dec. 3, driving back and forth in the driveway, squealing his tires and playing loud music. Shortly after, the neighbor called 911 he saw Bouchard back across the street and hit the mailbox.

This isn't Bouchard's first drunk-driving incident. He was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in August of 2006. In that incident, Bouchard lost control of his car and went airborne before hitting a tree. His passenger was killed.

If convicted this time on a first-degree charge of driving while impaired Bouchard could face up to seven years in jail and fines of up to $14,000. A gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process has a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000. A misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.