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Forum staff reports, Published April 30 2013

Man gets four months for driving stolen bus

MOORHEAD – A man who pleaded guilty to stealing a YMCA bus and then refusing tests to see if he was intoxicated has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Jack Christensen, 48, who has no permanent address, pleaded guilty Friday in Clay County District Court to refusing to submit to a chemical test of driving while intoxicated and one count of theft, both gross misdemeanors.

Christensen was charged in February with stealing a bus that had been left running in the parking lot of Churches United Shelter for the Homeless, then getting it stuck in a snowbank on the side of the building. He was sentenced to a year in jail with all but 120 days suspended, and received credit for 84 days already served.

Two additional charges against him related to the incident were dropped.