Douglas Knute Reierson
Douglas Knute Reierson

Douglas Knute Reierson, 38, Moorhead, was sentenced to a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession and a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

Another felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance – possession was dismissed.

For the felony charge, Reierson was sentenced to 21 months in prison stayed for five years. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Reierson was ordered to complete a chemical assessment.

Douglas Knute Reierson
Douglas Knute Reierson

For his lifetime, he is banned from using or possessing firearms, ammunition, or explosives unless his civil rights are restored. Reierson was ordered to provide a DNA sample. He was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.

For the DWI charge, Reierson was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, which has been completed. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Sept. 6, 2018, according to the complaint. While patrolling the Walmart parking lot, police observed a vehicle with license tabs that had expired a month earlier.

The driver, who was later identified as Reierson, matched the appearance of the registered owner. His driving privileges were also revoked. Police waited for him to exit Walmart and attempted to stop his vehicle near the intersection of First and Third streets.

However, Reierson didn’t stop his vehicle until he had been driving on Maple Avenue. He told police that he was waiting to find a safe spot to stop. However, the complaint noted it was about 2:19 a.m. and there was no other traffic and there were multiple safe spots to stop.

Reierson told police that he didn’t have a driver’s license. While talking with the police, he was visibly nervous. Due to Reierson’s actions, police asked him to step out of the vehicle as they believed he would possibly do something dangerous or he was trying to hide contraband.

During a pat-down search, police could smell marijuana emanating from Reierson. He said a marijuana pipe was inside the vehicle. It contained marijuana residue.

A Tramadol pill was found sitting nearby. Police also found another small marijuana pipe in the vehicle. Inside a small compartment of an armrest, police found a bag containing a scale and multiple small baggies.

Elsewhere, they found a Mountain Dew box containing numerous baggies of different pills. Reierson said he had a prescription for some of the pills; however, none of them were in pill bottles.

The pills included a Quetiapine tablet, four Suboxone pills, one Tramadol pill, and nine unidentified pills. Reierson was later transported to the Law Enforcement Center.

He waited for an officer in the interview room, where the officer soon found him asleep. The officer had to wake Reierson up several times in order to read him his Miranda warning.

Reierson later failed four field sobriety tests, leading the officer to believe he was impaired by a controlled substance. Reierson was then moved to the Pennington County Jail.

Corrections staff found two baggies on him. One baggie contained marijuana and the other contained 18 Tramadol pills. Police later obtained a search warrant, presumably for Reierson’s blood. It was granted.

The complaint indicated that Reierson had been convicted of driving under the influence in September 2017 and his driving privileges were revoked in December 2017.