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Published May 24 2012

MSUM assistant wrestling coach Baker arrested for DUI

MOORHEAD – A Minnesota State University Moorhead assistant wrestling coach is facing charges after being arrested early Thursday on suspicion of drunken driving.

According to documents filed Thursday in Clay County District Court, Nathan William Baker was arrested by a Moorhead police officer after driving through a flashing red light at the intersection of 11th Street and Main Avenue.

The officer noted in the criminal complaint that he noticed “an overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage” in Baker’s car, and a subsequent breath test allegedly showed Baker had a blood-alcohol content of 0.173, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Documents note that Baker also has three prior DUI convictions in 2005 and 2006 that led to his license being revoked in 2006.

Baker is charged with one count each of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.08 within two hours of driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving with a cancelled license.

MSUM Athletic Director Doug Peters declined to comment Thursday on Baker’s arrest, but he said the university would investigate whether Baker violated any school policies.

“We have certain expectations of coaches being good role models, and that includes obeying the law,” he said. “We’ll follow established policies and make a determination on the outcome.”

Baker was also an All-American wrestler at MSUM. He won an NCAA Division II national championship for the Dragons at 165 pounds in 2006.

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