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Charges dropped against White Earth man after DNA doesn't match

A felony assault charge and two gross misdemeanor charges have been dismissed in Becker County District Court against Jamie Louise Day, 27, of 35851 Cherry Lake Road, White Earth.

Day had been charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon; gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI, test refusal, and gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm. All were dismissed.

According to court records, on Nov. 23, 2008, someone drove an automobile into a porch at a house in the old post office projects area in White Earth village, slightly injuring a man who was on the porch at the time. The vehicle had driven by several times prior to the crash, with an occupant yelling at the man.

The charges were dismissed by the Becker County Attorney's Office Tuesday, because DNA results on blood samples -- taken from inside the driver's side of the vehicle after the crash -- did not match Day's DNA.

That left the state "unable to sustain the burden of proof needed at trial," according to court records. Nancy Bowman was Day's attorney.

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