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Headlight leads to bigger charges

A missing headlight earlier this year has led to more serious charges against a 38-year-old Farmington man.

Farmington police stopped Michael Lyle Stucky on July 6 after noticing his missing driver's-side headlight. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office the police officer noticed a smell of alcohol coming from the van Stucky was driving, but Stucky passed a field sobriety test.

While searching the van, though, police found an Ambien pill Stucky told the officer was given to him for heartburn.

If convicted on felony fifth-degree controlled substance charge Stucky could face up to five years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

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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