North Dakota Man with 14 DUIs Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

October 17, 2012

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.

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  • October 24, 2012 at 8:09 am
    SusieQinthe Midwest says:
    I do not understand HOW people are allowed to get to 14!!! I understand PTSD as my brother and brother in law suffer from it. It is HORRIBLE, yes, but that does not mean he sh... read more
  • October 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    just wondering says:
    Don't disagree, locking him up does help safeguard the public. But is there REALLY help out there for these guys? Look at the guys (and girls) coming home from Iraq and Afgh... read more
  • October 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    aj says:
    He will just learn about fermentation in prison and make some jailhouse liquor.
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