Jason Schiller was arrested on Saturday after what he claims is the first time he was off the wagon in over 20 years.
According to the complaint filed in Watonwan County District Court on August 5 Watonwan County Deputy Brandon Sprenger received several calls about a possible impaired driver. He made contact with the suspect vehicle parked on the shoulder of County Road 3 in Watonwan County. As he approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Jason Schiller, 46 exited the driver’s side and almost fell to the ground. His eyes were bloodshot and watery, and he had slurred speech. He admitted to drinking and coming from a bar in Brown County.
The complaint states that Schiller performed poorly on the standard field sobriety tests and blew a .196 on the PBT. He was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center. After Implied Consent, he agreed to take a breath test. On the first sample, he failed to properly blow into the DMT machine. The Deputy gave Schiller another opportunity to properly do the test.
The first time he blew into the machine, it registered a .18. During the second sample, Schiller stopped blowing, resulting in another invalid sample.
The Deputy considered it to be a refusal and advised Schiller of that. Schiller said that Deputy Sprenger would “ pay for this at the gates.” Schiller was then taken to Detox.
Later, Deputy Sprenger became aware that the vehicle Schiller was driving was stolen out of Brown County. There is surveillance video of Schiller entering the pickup truck at Total Package Company in Searles which is located in Brown County.
Next Schiller drove away with it. He did not have permission to take the truck. The truck had a GPS monitor on it and was located the next day at Maloney’s in Watonwan County which had towed the truck from the scene of the DWI stop.
Shiller was heard on bail during the hearing stating that he wants to be released so he can get back to work to support his family.
“ Let me continue going to work,” Schiller stated to the Judge.
Schiller also explained that during a family party on Saturday after he fell off the wagon after many years claiming he found his triggers on Saturday.
Judge Ferrazzano II while sympathetic towards Schiller stated that due to the crime by statue some type of bail conditions had to be set.
The Judge set conditions of $12,000 without conditions and $5,000 with conditions.
Schiller is being charged with one felony count of Receiving Stolen Property and one Gross Misdemeanor count of DWI-Refusal.
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