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Lakeville man was in the wrong car at the wrong time

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Lakeville man was in the wrong car at the wrong time
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

An observant off-duty police officer and a driver who was behind the wheel when he shouldn't have been have led to felony drug charges against a 36-year-old Lakeville man who chose the wrong car to ride in.

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The off-duty officer spotted the ineligible driver Sept. 12 while stopped a gas station in the city. The officer knew the individual's license had been canceled and called an on-duty officer to respond.

Farmington police stopped the car on Pilot Knob Road.

Kenneth John Ohnstad was a passenger in the car, and according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office he was acting suspicious during the traffic stop, making "furtive movements with his hands in the area between the center console and the seat."

Asked what he was doing, Ohnstad reportedly admitted hiding a methamphetamine pipe in the car. He told police the pipe and any methamphetamine found in the car belonged to him.

If convicted on a felony drug possession charge Ohnstad could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. A petty misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia has a maximum fine of $300.

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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.
(651) 460-6606
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