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Deputy State’s Attorney sentenced

Ward County Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Ann Dillon has been sentenced after entering a guilty plea to a charge of driving under the influence.

In handing down the sentence this week, Municipal Court Judge Mark Rasmuson ordered that Dillon complete a chemical dependency evaluation by July 6 and complete any recommended treatment within six months. Dillon must also complete 22 hours of community service at Rehab Services. The latter, ruled Rasmuson, was in lieu of Dillon spending two days in jail and attending a victim impact panel. In addition, Dillon was assessed $775 in fines and fees.

Driving under the influence/actual physical control is a Class B misdemeanor. It was Dillon’s first offense.

Dillon’s arrest came following an incident at 11:33 p.m. March 19 when police responded to a report of a vehicle attempting to leave the scene of an accident. Police arrived at the 1600 block of 6th Street SW and observed that Dillon’s Honda Ridgeline had crashed into a parked vehicle that was unoccupied.

Dillon was still in her vehicle, with the motor running and the airbag deployed. She told police she was unable to remove her keys from the vehicle. Paramedics were called to the scene to evaluate Dillon. An officer who assisted her detected a strong odor of alcohol.

It wasn’t until 1:22 a.m. the following day that Dillon, after being transported to the hospital and consulting in person with her attorney, consented to a breath test. According to police, the test sample revealed a blool alcohol content of .179 percent. The legal limit is .08.

The charge of DUI/ACP was orginally filed in municipal court, then moved to district court and back again to municipal court.