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Welfare check nets drug charge

The call started with concern for a driver's well-being and ended with a 28-year-old Farmington man facing drug-possession charges.

Farmington police found Michael Alan Wilson in his car at the corner of Fourth and Willow streets around 9 a.m. June 27 after receiving a call from someone concerned about the man's welfare. According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office police tried to talk to Wilson, then yelled at him but couldn't get his attention until they touched his arm.

In a bag in the car police found a glass pipe and three small baggies containing a total of .55 grams of methamphetamine.

If convicted on a fifth degree drug charge Wilson could face up to five years in jail and $10,000 in fines.

The incident was the second time in less than a month Wilson found himself in trouble with police. Around 9:20 a.m. June 10 Lakeville police responding to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver found Wilson "swerving all over the road," according to court documents.

Wilson appeared fidgety and admitted having methamphetamine with him. Police found a total of .78 grams of the drug.

Wilson was convicted of driving under the influence in October of 2002 and September of 2006. He now faces two second degree charges of driving while impaired, each of which carries a maximum sentence of one year and fines of up to $3,000. A second drug charge carries a sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000.

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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