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Asleep at the wheel: Driver charged with DWI

A Rosemount man who apparently fell asleep while waiting for a traffic light to change has been charged with third degree driving while impaired in connection with an incident that happened last November.

A Dakota County Sheriff’s deputy found Jason Adam Sharpton asleep at the wheel at about 2:45 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 3 and 160th Street. According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, the deputy had to knock several times on the window to wake Sharpton up.

Sharpton told the deputy he’d had two drinks that night but he performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of .0119. A later test showed a blood alcohol content of .09.

Sharpton had his license revoked for a drunk driving offense in 2009. If convicted this time on the gross-misdemeanor charge he could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $3,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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