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Town of Dalton woman sentenced to prison, has driver’s license revoked in intoxicated driving case

May 24, 2019

A Columbia County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday sentenced a town of Dalton woman to three years in prison, revoked her driver’s license and ordered her to pay legal fines for a drunken driving incident that occurred before a man took her keys away and called police.

Margaret Rose Schwersinske, 59, of the town of Dalton pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge and was found guilty of a seventh offense of driving while intoxicated.

Judge W. Andrew Voigt sentenced Schwersinske to three years of initial prison confinement and three years of extended supervision. He granted Schwersinske 112 days for credit seved. She is eligible for substance abuse treatment programs.

Voigt also ordered Schwersinske to submit a DNA sample, pay $518 in fines, maintain absolute sobriety and use an ignition interlock device for 36 months.

Schwersinske’s driver’s license was revoked for 36 months, along with receiving a lifetime revocation with the Department of Transportation. This means she is not eligible for an occupational license, according to the Department of Transportation.

A criminal complaint filed Feb. 12 said Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Feb. 10 report of a possible drunken driver traveling down Highway 16 in the town of Wyocena.

The complaint said a man followed Schwersinske’s truck, took her keys away from her and called authorities.

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