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Speeding stop leads to DUI charge

A speeding violation has turned into a second DUI charge for a Farmington woman.

The Dakota County Sheriff's office had been monitoring traffic on Chippendale Avenue in late June when, according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, a deputy noticed a car driving over the posted speed limit. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as 38-year-old Amy Jo Tourtillott.

According to the complaint, the deputy could smell a strong odor of alcohol and asked Tourtillott if she had been drinking. She stated she had four beers. The deputy then asked her to perform a series of field sobriety tests, which she failed. The deputy administered a breath test which produced a reading of 0.174, more than twice the legal limit. Tourtillott was arrested for driving while under the influence and brought to the Farmington police department.

Tourtillott has been charged with two counts of third degree driving while impaired. She could face up to one year in prison and $3,000 fine on each count.

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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