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Forum staff reports, Published November 04 2010

Man convicted in traffic deaths accused of DWI

A man sentenced to eight years in prison in 2001 for a car accident in Mahnomen County, Minn., that killed his brother, his girlfriend and a married couple faces a felony drunken-driving charge after being arrested Tuesday.

Armando Angel Neeland, 29, of 1624 3rd Ave. S. in Moorhead, was pulled over at Main Avenue and 14th Street just before midnight after he was reported to be driving more than 50 mph in downtown Moorhead.

Moorhead police allege in the criminal complaint that he failed two field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent at the Clay County Jail.

Neeland was charged in Clay County District Court with felony DWI on Wednesday because driving under the influence is a felony if it happens within 10 years of a conviction for criminal vehicular homicide.

The maximum penalty on the felony DWI is seven years, if convicted.

He could be in line for more prison time on the 2001 convictions because he was also sentenced to an eight-year suspended term for the 10 years he was to be on probation after his release.

The initial charges stem from an accident at Minnesota Highway 200 and Mahnomen County Road 4 on Oct. 28, 2000, in which Neeland ran a stop sign.