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DWI charges for driver, drug charges for passenger

A 41-year-old Wayzata man and his 35-year-old companion are dealing with separate legal issues after Dakota County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of suspicious activity in Hampton Township.

The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged Brad Lee Steng with two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and Jessica Ann Loe with a felony fifth-degree drug offense.

Sheriff's deputies found Loe and Steng around 9:35 p.m. March 1 after receiving a report of people who looked like they were "casing" a home. They stopped the car Steng was driving near 240th Street and Emery Avenue.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Steng appeared jittery when deputies talked to him and did not have a valid driver's license. His driving privileges were revoked in May of 2002 and he didn't have any proof of insurance.

Steng failed field sobriety tests.

Loe, a passenger in the car, also appeared to deputies to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies found several hypodermic needles when they searched the car during the impound process, including some in a bag Loe had identified as hers. Deputies also found spoons that Loe reportedly said were there for use of methamphetamine.

While searching Loe at the Dakota County Jail, deputies found a bag containing 2.56 grams of methamphetamine that she had inserted into her body.

If convicted of the drug offense she faces Loe could spend up to five years in jail and face fines of up to $10,000. Steng could spend up to a year in jail and pay up to $3,000 in fines if he is convicted on one of the charges he faces.

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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