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Mount Vernon man arrested for third DUI

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

MOUNT VERNON -- A Mount Vernon man was arrested Oct. 16 on a third driving under the influence charge.

Charles Baechler, 53, was driving north on 397th Avenue when a law enforcement officer stopped him at 5:08 p.m. The right side of the vehicle was in the ditch.

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Baechler performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and a blow test showed a 0.162 blood alcohol level. The legal driving limit in South Dakota is 0.08.

A third DUI within a 10-year period is a felony charge with a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $2,000 fine or both.

Baechler is a former coach of the Mitchell Aquatic Club. He resigned last year, about a month after he was arrested for simple assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

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