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Published February 24, 2010, 07:44 AM

SD woman with high blood alcohol sentenced

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A Sturgis woman who prosecutors said had a blood-alcohol level almost nine times the legal driving limit when she was arrested in December has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A Sturgis woman who prosecutors said had a blood-alcohol level almost nine times the legal driving limit when she was arrested in December has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Forty-five-year-old Marguerite Engle was sentenced Tuesday in Meade County on two drunken-driving convictions. She also must serve two years of probation once she's released.

Engle was arrested Dec. 1. Authorities said she was found passed out behind the wheel of a stolen delivery van along Interstate 90, with a blood alcohol level at 0.708. The legal limit in South Dakota is 0.08. Officials have said Engle's blood alcohol level likely is a record for the state.

She was arrested again in late December, with a blood alcohol level more than 3 1/2 times the legal limit.

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