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Forum staff reports, Published December 13 2011

Ex-bus driver pleads guilty to second DWI

MOORHEAD – A former school bus driver convicted in March of being intoxicated as he drove to pick up students in West Fargo pleaded guilty today to a separate drunken driving charge in Clay County.

Steven Clifford Sauer was sentenced on the gross misdemeanor DWI charge to 30 days in jail, 30 days of electronic home monitoring with alcohol monitoring and six years of unsupervised probation.

Sauer, 60, of Fargo, also must pay $3,277 in fines and fees and follow treatment recommendations. He received credit for one day served in jail, and a second DWI charge was dismissed.

Sauer had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving June 20 in Sabin, according to court documents.

In the West Fargo incident, Sauer was arrested Feb. 2 after driving a school bus into a snow bank. A blood test measured his BAC at 0.27 percent. He was fired by the contracted bus firm that employed him, according to Forum archives.

Sauer pleaded guilty on March 16 in West Fargo Municipal Court and was sentenced to two days in jail already served, 28 days suspended and 40 hours of community service.