Friday, May 17, 2013
The 23-year-old will likely be charged with second-degree DWI and second-degree test refusal.
A South Haven, Minn., man was booked on suspicion of DWI after being arrested in Woodbury earlier this week. In addition to DWI, he will also likely be charged with second-degree test refusal. Here’s the catch. After providing a urine sample for police at the Washington County Jail, he drank it. “Without gagging,” said Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada. The 23-year-old, who will likely be charged soon, was stopped at the 6000 block of Hudson Road at about 1:35 p.m. Monday, May 13, Okada said. There have been garage break-ins in the area and officers were initially called on a suspicious person report. He was arrested and transported to the county jail, where he provided the urine sample, Okada said. An officer then asked if…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be tweeting every arrest from Friday’s patrols. Catch all the tweets here.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has a new tool when it comes to deterring drunken driving: Twitter. On Friday night, there will be 150 squads patrolling major corridors in the Twin Cities’ largest-ever, one-night, coordinated DWI enforcement effort. But this effort isn’t notable just because of its size; it will also offer Minnesotans the chance to follow along via Twitter. The Department of Public Safety (@MnDPS_OTS) will tweet the age and gender of those arrested for DWI using the hashtag #May10DWI. Too busy to follow along in real time? Check out the agency’s tweets and other related mentions in the live blog above. (People viewing this article on a mobile browser may not be able to view the live blog.)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Even if you didn’t drink enough to score .08 or more, you can still be prosecuted for DWI because it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle if the alcohol you consumed, regardless of the amount, is affecting your abilities.
“What a party,” you think as you drive yourself home... Suddenly the night sky is filled with flashing red and blue lights and you worry that you may be in trouble. Did you drink too much to be driving legally? DWI law confuses a lot of people. The name itself is confusing. DWI is sometimes called DUI. But in Minnesota the acronyms DWI (meaning “driving while intoxicated”) and DUI (meaning “driving while under the influence”) are used interchangeably. Each refers to the laws that prohibit someone from driving, operating, or being in physical control of a motor vehicle when they have had too much alcohol to drink. How do you know how much alcohol is too much? Generally speaking, the legal limit in Minnesota is .08. That number refers to the…
Monday, April 8, 2013
A 29-year-old Stillwater man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit and run after he allegedly sideswiped a truck in the 800 block of Owens Street. According to police, a preliminary breath test resulted in a reading of .196.
A 29-year-old Stillwater man was arrested last weekend on suspicion of drunken driving after he reportedly sideswiped two parked vehicles and then fled the scene on foot. Stillwater police were called to the 800 block of Owens Street just before midnight on a report that a parked vehicle has been sideswiped and the suspect had left the scene. A second call then reported a possible drunk driver had just struck a parked car and ran away on foot. When police arrived on the scene, the second witness to the incident reportedly told police: “He’s drunk and he just crashed his car.” According to the police report: The suspect, Troy Allen Bloyer, was eventually located and arrested by police. His blood alcohol level was reported to be .196 shortly…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
A 44-year-old Stillwater woman was arrested for suspicion of third-degree DWI last week after she was called to pick up her teenage son who was part of a trio reportedly causing a scene at Walmart. The woman allegedly had a .26 blood alcohol content.
A 44-year-old Stillwater woman was arrested for suspicion of third-degree DWI last week after she was called to pick up her teenage son who was part of a trio reportedly causing a scene at Walmart. Oak Park Heights police were called to Walmart at about 8 a.m. Nov. 25 on a report of three “unruly” teens who were riding bikes around the store, appeared to be intoxicated and refused to leave. While talking with the boys, police noticed signs of intoxication and called the boys’ parents to come pick them up. Shortly thereafter, the mother of a Stillwater teen reportedly showed up in a minivan—and when she got out of her vehicle officers noted she was “extremely unsteady on her feet,” had bloodshot eyes and was slurring her speech. The woman …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
There will be more DWI enforcement in Washington County.
The night before Thankgiving is traditionally one of the busiest bar nights of the year, which translates to more DWI enforcement. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be increasing its DWI enforcement in Washington County starting today. The DPS will be focusing on the state's 13 counties with the highest combined totals of drunk driving traffic deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries, according to a release from the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. Extra DWI patrols will continue in the 13 counties through September 2013 as part of a 12 month, federally-funded enforcement program. These 13 counties accounted for nearly half of the state’s drunk driving deaths (160) and more than half of the state’s alcohol-related serious …
Monday, September 10, 2012
A 52-year-old Hudson man was charged by the Washington County Attorney’s Office with second-degree DWI, fleeing police on a motorcycle and possessing a pistol while under the influence of alcohol.
A Hudson man faces felony charges after he allegedly fled Washington County deputies on a motorcycle, while he was under the influence of alcohol and in possession of a handgun. Christian Rask Fauchald, 52, was charged by the Washington County Attorney’s Office with second-degree DWI, fleeing police in a motor vehicle and possessing a pistol while under the influence of alcohol. According to the criminal complaint: Washington County deputies were on routine patrol on Highway 95 in Bayport just before midnight on Sept. 1 when they saw a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies reported that they clocked the driver, later determined to be Fauchald, travelling 66 mph in a 50 mph zone. Deputies activated their emergency lights …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is stressing that motorists buckle up, drive at safe speeds and plan ahead for a sober ride during the Fourth of July travel period.
The Fourth of July is state’s deadliest day of the year on the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. In the last three years, Independence Day racked up 15 traffic deaths, topping May 22 (13), May 23 (11) and July 10 (11) for the deadliest 24-hour period. In Washingotn County (2009-2011): DPS officials are stressing that motorists buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and plan ahead for a sober ride. Midway through the year, there have been 147 traffic deaths, compared to 136 at this time in 2011. Fourth of July travel periods (78-hour period surrounding the holiday), 2009–2011: 21 deaths of which 14 were a result of an alcohol-impaired crash. 1,536 DWI arrests. Consequences of a …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
In a 4-3 ruling, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that the Intoxilyzer 5000EN is reliable even though the heavily-debated source code contains errors. What do you think? Is the breath-testing machine reliable?
The Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld that the Intoxilyzer breath-testing machine is reliable, ending a six-year battle in state and federal courts. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court agreed with District Court Judge Jerome Abrams that the Intoxilyzer 5000EN—a device once used in DWI cases across the state of Minnesota—is reliable even though the heavily-debated source code contains errors. Dissenting from today’s ruling were Supreme Court Justices Alan Page, Paul H. Anderson and Helen Meyer. Wednesday’s ruling means that more than 4,000 DWI and implied-consent cases that have been held up during the appeals process will now proceed. But the thing is, the breath-testing device that has long been in question will be phased out by the end…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A 25-year-old Lakeland man was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of Pine Street in Stillwater after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into his grandmother's house. According to police, the man's blood alcohol level was .27.
A 25-year-old Lakeland man’s St. Patrick’s Day party came to an end at his grandmother’s house. After a night of drinking, Stillwater police say Thomas James Grove decided to get in his vehicle and drive his uncle home, and in the process, crashed into the front of his grandmother’s house. Grove was arrested early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of Pine Street on suspicion of third-degree DWI. He allegedly blew a .27—more than three times the legal limit—at the scene of the crash. According to the police report: Grove was out drinking at Rafters with his uncle and one of his buddies on St. Patrick’s Day. After a night of partying, he decided to give his uncle a ride home. Police believe Grove was traveling westbound on Pine Street when he…