Racine man gets probation for driving drunkenly through yard

Published 6:38 am Friday, December 18, 2009

A Racine, Minn., man pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunkenly through a yard in Dexter earlier this month.

Brian Glenn McFarlin, 31, will serve one-year’s probation and could land in prison for six months if he violates his terms, which include no alcohol use for the first half of his probation.

He will also pay court fines for the gross misdemeanor offense.

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According to a sheriff department’s report, McFarlin was followed and pulled over by a 39-year-old property owner around 1:25 a.m. on Dec. 6 at his Maple Street residence.

McFarlin appeared very intoxicated and was argumentative with the homeowner, according to a criminal complaint.

Deputies with the Mower County Sheriff’s Department arrived afterward and took McFarlin into custody. He registered a 0.25 blood-alcohol level about two hours after the incident, which is roughly three times the legal limit.

Damage was reported to McFarlin’s truck, but no damage was reported to the property.

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said she did not recommend that other citizens pull over suspects in similar cases. However, she said people can follow suspects at a safe speed to inform police of their location.