A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Pennington County District Court for a felony charge of first-degree driving while impaired.
James Michael Srnsky, 45, was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for five years.
He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years.
Srnsky was ordered to complete a chemical assessment and the DWI Program.
He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. Srnsky was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was also ordered to pay $915 in fees and fines with $750 stayed for five years.
The charge stemmed from a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 59 and 180th Street Northeast on June 5 at about 12:05 a.m. Srnsky and a female passenger were inside the vehicle.
According to the complaint, a police officer observed that Srnsky had glossy eyes. When asked if he had been drinking or had any alcohol in the vehicle, Srnsky avoided eye contact.
A preliminary breath test had a result of 0.217, and another breath test, which was conducted later at the Law Enforcement Center, had a result of 0.08. With Srnsky’s permission, the officer moved Srnsky’s vehicle off of the roadway.
At that time, he observed two open cans of Coors Light on the floor of the front passenger seat. Both contained liquid and were somewhat cold.
The complaint indicated that Srnsky had been convicted of first-degree driving under the influence in April 2005.