Branson Man Pleads Guilty to Felony DWI



by Sam Clanton


FORSYTH, Mo. – A man from Branson enters a guilty plea to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated.

Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell says back in 2012, a state trooper arrested 48-year-old Michael Dodson after seeing his vehicle cross the center line of Highway 165 several times while on routine patrol.

Dodson admitted to the trooper that his driver’s license was suspended for alcohol convictions, and that he probably could not pass field sobriety tests. Eventually, Dodson submitted a breath sample showing his blood-alcohol content to be .083-percent, exceeding the limit allowed by Missouri law.

Merrell says he charged Dodson as a chronic DWI offender because of multiple intoxication-related convictions. Per state law, Dodson could receive up to 30 years in prison. However, pursuant to a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office, Dodson will not be sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

He returns to court for sentencing on April 13th.


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