Former doctor faces DWI charges

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A former doctor acquitted of assault charges in 2020, but found guilty of DWI, is in legal trouble again.

John Christian Urban, 62, of Winnebago was arrested by local authorities on March 28 and transported to the Faribault County Jail.

At his first court appearance, Urban was charged with third-degree DWI, gross misdemeanor; DWI, misdemeanor; driving after license revocation, misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle with expired registration, misdemeanor.

During a three-day trial in October 2020, jurors found Urban not guilty of domestic assault strangulation, third-degree assault, domestic assault and terroristic threats. He was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of DWI.

Urban was discharged from supervised probation last December after one year of monitoring.

Ruth Martinez, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, says Urban’s medical license expired at the end of October 2020.

“The Minnesota medical license issued to him is currently inactive,” she says. “It was his choice not to renew it.”

Urban’s next court appearance is an omnibus hearing scheduled for April 18 before Judge Troy Timmerman.

Urban’s release from jail was set at posting a $12,000 bond or bail with no conditions.

With conditions he would not have to post bail but agree to abstain from use of alcohol or controlled substances; random testing; no possession of alcohol or drugs; alcohol monitor; remain law-abiding; and make future court appearance.

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