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Minnesota man facing 11th DWI charge

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DULUTH -- A 54-year-old Duluth man is facing his 11th DWI charge in St. Louis County.

Todd Alan Murphy was charged in State District Court on Tuesday with two counts of first-degree driving while impaired and one count each of driving after cancellation, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance. The DWI, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.

He is being held without bail in the St. Louis County Jail on a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant.

According to the criminal complaint, Duluth police officers found Murphy slumped over at the wheel in the area of a gas station about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers noted that the vehicle was running and in drive, with its headlights on and brake lights illuminated. Officers were able to put the vehicle into park and turn it off, during which time Murphy didn't wake up or make any noises. Murphy was convicted of two DWIs in 1993, followed by convictions for gross misdemeanor DWI in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, according to Minnesota court records. He was convicted of a felony DWI in 2004 and sentenced to four years in prison, followed by five years supervised probation, records show. He was again convicted of a felony DWI in 2013 and sentenced to four years in prison followed by five years probation, according to court records.

Murphy has been convicted six times of driving with a canceled driver's license in Minnesota.

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