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Bemidji nonprofit director sentenced on second DWI

BEMIDJI - The director of a local nonprofit has been sentenced for driving while impaired.

Sarah Jane Einerson, 50, of Bemidji, on Aug. 6 was sentenced for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

Einerson is the executive director of Churches United, a church-based program that offers assistance to those who are homeless and battling drug and alcohol addictions, and families suffering from recent tragedy.

She was sentenced by Beltrami County District Judge John Melbye to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for four years. She must serve 10 days in jail and was given credit for three days served. She was placed on supervised probation for four years.

Einerson also will enter the Beltrami County DWI Court program and pay all associated fees.

She was arrested after 2 a.m. July 21, according to court documents. The deputy noted that Einerson, who had been driving east on Power Dam Road, had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and an aroma of alcohol.

Einerson told the deputy she'd had two drinks at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge, according to court documents. A preliminary breath test indicated she had a blood-alcohol content of .18, more than twice the legal limit.

At the jail, she refused to submit to testing, according to court documents.

Einerson in 2007 was convicted of fourth-degree DWI, refusal to submit to testing.

She could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.