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Superior men charged with 6th OWI

Two Superior men remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on Thursday for allegedly driving while intoxicated for the sixth time.

Scott Charles McDonald, 47, faces one count of sixth offense operating while intoxicated. He was bound over for arraignment Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. A cash bond of $3,000 was set for McDonald.

According to the criminal complaint, Superior Police officers responded to Essentia Health on June 27 for a report of a man who eloped from the emergency room while being evaluated and while still fitted with an IV and monitoring equipment.

Sgt. Paul Winterscheidt arrived and was pointed to a vehicle by two security officers. He caught up to the vehicle in the parking lot. The driver was later identified as McDonald.

Officer Griffith Coffman noticed a smell of intoxicants from McDonald while assisting with the call, although he denied having drunk anything. McDonald also showed clues of impairment during field sobriety tests. McDonald had a 0.02 blood-alcohol content limit due to five prior intoxicated driving convictions, the most recent out of Douglas County in 2017.

Anthony Andrew Knight, 58, also faces one count of sixth offense operating while intoxicated. He made his initial appearance Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court and is being held on $7,500 cash bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Superior Police Officer Ronald Custer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Knight was driving near the 1000 block of Winter Street on June 29. The officer could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from Knight, who admitted he consumed a six-pack of beer throughout the day.

Knight showed clues of impairment during field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test showed an alcohol content of 0.096.

Knight's driving record included five impaired-driving convictions: one from Oregon, two from Washington and 2005 and 2006 convictions in Wisconsin convictions, according to the complaint.

The Class G felony carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.

McDonald's next court appearance was set for Aug. 20; Knight's next court appearance is slated for July 11.

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