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Solon Springs man charged with seventh OWI

A Solon Springs man accused of drunken driving a seventh time waived his preliminary hearing last week in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Jacob Matthew Baker, 41, faces one felony count of seventh offense operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor charges of failure to install ignition interlock device and operating while revoked. A cash bond of $1,500 was set for Baker and he was ordered not to use or possess alcohol and not operate a motor vehicle without a valid license. He remained in custody Thursday in the Douglas County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Deputy Cory Fossum with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle being driven by Baker the evening of July 21 in Solon Springs. At one point, Fossum had to drive in excess of 80 mph to catch up to the vehicle along Business 53.

Baker stopped the vehicle in a parking lot along East Baldwin Avenue and admitted he had been drinking at a bar and was drunk. The deputy could smell the odor of intoxicants on Baker's breath and noticed his eyes were glassed over.

Fossum told the Solon Springs man he'd been stopped because his driver's license was revoked and he had no front license plate on the vehicle.

Baker refused to take field sobriety tests or submit to a preliminary breath test. He also vomited in Fossum's squad car on the way to Essentia Health, where a search warrant was required for a blood test.

At the time of his arrest, Baker had six prior convictions for operating while intoxicated out of Douglas County and Minnesota. His driving privileges were revoked and he was ordered not to have an alcohol concentration of over 0.02.

The maximum penalty for the felony offense is 12 years and six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Baker's next court appearance was set for Sept. 14.