A West Fargo, N.D., man has pleaded guilty to his 14th drunken driving charge and been sent to prison.
Sixty-year-old Kevin Tegtmeier was sentenced to four years behind bars, a year less than the maximum possible term requested by prosecutors. Assistant Cass County State’s Attorney Cherie Clark says Tegtmeier “just doesn’t get it.”
Defense Attorney Nicholas Thornton says prison time won’t address problems Tegtmeier has such as chemical dependency and post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in the Vietnam War.
The Forum newspaper reports that Tegtmeier was arrested July 13 with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit for driving. Judge Wade Webb told Tegtmeier he was a danger to the community.