GRAND RAPIDS -- Crow Wing Assistant County Attorney John Sausen appeared in Itasca County District Court in Grand Rapids this morning on a fourth-degree DWI charge.
He appeared before Itasca District Court Judge John Hawkinson today and requested an evidentiary hearing. The pretrial date was set for Nov. 26 or 27 in Grand Rapids.
Sausen said it is his understanding that there will be more lab analysis to be presented at that time. When asked, Sausen said he had no objection to the pretrial being held in Itasca County. But Sausen also asked Hawkinson about the possibility of a change of venue.
The reason Sausen gave for requesting a change of venue was, he said, because of things going on in Crow Wing County and Itasca. He did not elaborate in court on what those things were.
Hawkinson replied that the court would need a written petition for a request of a change of venue.
Itasca County Attorney Jack Muhar requested and Hawkinson ordered that because Sausen was not arrested the night of the Aug. 8 incident in Crow Wing County that within the next week he be booked for the charge in Crow Wing County.
Sausen asked if it were possible he could be booked in Itasca County, but Hawkinson said it was not.
Hawkinson also requested Sausen contact the Itasca County attorney's office when he has hired an attorney.
Sausen, 52, a Nisswa area resident, was stopped and cited Aug. 8 by a Nisswa police officer for expired registration on his 1991 black Ford Thunderbird coupe. During the stop, the Nisswa police officer noticed an odor of alcohol and asked Sausen to step out of the vehicle for a sobriety test at which time the officer determined he was under the influence.
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