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Morris nurse arraigned after alcohol-related hit-and-run with Park Rapids city council member

Shannon Marie Gray-Boettcher

A Morris nurse was arraigned on four charges after she allegedly rear-ended a Park Rapids city councilor while under the influence with two children in her car.

Shannon Marie Gray Boettcher, 41, was arrested after council member Pat Mikesh reported her weaving on U.S. Highway 71 July 2 shortly after 2:30 p.m. At the time of the report, the vehicles were northbound near the Lamb-Weston RDO potato plant south of Park Rapids.

Officers stopped the suspect's vehicle in Park Rapids after she allegedly left the scene of the crash.

Gray-Boettcher's blood alcohol level was .207 when officers ordered her out of the car, the complaint states.

"As she did she fell to her knees and (the officer) caught her in his arms," the complaint states. The woman's 12-year-old and 15-year-old were in the vehicle with her.

Gray-Boettcher faces two counts of Second Degree DWI, Child Endan-germent and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Judge Robert Tiffany set bond at $12,000 unconditional or $5,000 with the conditions that Gray-Boettcher remain law abiding, refrain from alcohol or drug use and submit to electronic home monitoring with an alkasensor.

Gray-Boettcher asked for a public defender, but Tiffany said she would not financially qualify when she admitted her monthly income as a Registered Nurse was $5,000.

The DWI and Child Endangerment charges each carry a maximum of 1 year and/or a $3,000 fine; the Leaving the Scene charge is punishable by a maximum of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine upon conviction.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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