Man sentenced for stealing cousin’s work truckPublished 11:15am Friday, July 15, 2011
A Detroit Lakes man will spend 30 days in jail for stealing his cousin’s work truck in January.
Matthew Allan Niehaus, 20, was sentenced for felony theft and fourth degree DWI on Monday. In addition to his jail time, he was fined $900 – payable by community service – and sentenced to five years supervised probation (his felony crime will revert to a misdemeanor if he completes probation).
Court records report that on Jan. 27 around 4:45 a.m., sheriff’s deputies found that Niehaus had rolled a truck near US Highway 10 and 505th Avenue. Upon being interviewed, Niehaus admitted to drinking significant quantities of alcohol before deciding to go for a drive between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m.
Niehaus had been staying with his cousin, who lived nearby. At first, Niehaus said, he had taken his own Pontiac Grand Am before putting it into a ditch (deputies later found the car only a mile away from Niehaus’ cousin’s home). Niehaus then walked back to his cousin’s home and drove away his cousin’s work truck. Eventually, he swerved to avoid a deer and rolled the vehicle.
Deputies also learned that the Pontiac was uninsured. A breath test revealed that Niehaus had a blood alcohol content of .17.Tags: Courts, DWI, motor vehicle theft, New York Mills