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July 6, 2012
DPS reports no fatal crashes July 4
ST. PAUL -- Preliminary reports from the state's law enforcement agencies indicate there were no fatal crashes on the Fourth of July holiday. The holiday is typically the state's deadliest day of the year on the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office...
July 6, 2012 - 12:00am
June 26, 2012
Renville's Officer Best honored for DWI enforcement
ST. PAUL -- The state's top DWI enforcers were announced Monday night during the Minnesota Twins pre-game festivities at Target Field. The squad of 31 law enforcement officers and prosecutors is led by Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Mark Hibbard who made 241 arrests in 2011 for driving...
June 26, 2012 - 12:00am
December 16, 2010
This is the records summary for Dec. 16. DWI patrols net 675 around state, continue through New Year's Eve ST. PAUL -- Midway through a December-long statewide increased driving while impaired enforcement campaign, preliminary reports from 170 law enforcement agencies indicate 675...
December 16, 2010 - 12:00am
November 5, 2010
Minnesota GOP lawmaker Buesgens pleads guilty in DWI case
BUFFALO, Minn. -- A Republican state legislator has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in Wright County District Court under a deal to perform 60 hours of community service. Wright County authorities arrested Rep. Mark Buesgens of Jordan on September 18 after spotting his...
November 5, 2010 - 1:37pm
September 2, 2010
Menahga man arrested for driving 178 mph sentenced for DWI
WADENA, Minn. - A man who was stopped and arrested for reportedly driving a Corvette up to 178 miles per hour in Wadena County was sentenced Aug. 30 for driving while intoxicated during the incident. Michael James Johnson, 40, of Menahga, Minn. was convicted of DWI and careless driving...
September 2, 2010 - 4:54pm
August 24, 2010
Mankato mayor arrested for DWI in Golden Valley
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The mayor of Mankato is apologizing after his arrest for drunken driving in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley. The Star Tribune reports John Brady was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly being seen driving erratically on Interstate 94 in south...
August 24, 2010 - 2:33pm
April 28, 2010
Cottage Grove cop involved in GOP DWI dustup
COTTAGE GROVE - A Cottage Grove police officer has become part of a dustup between Republican legislators vying for their party's gubernatorial nomination, penning a letter that admonishes Rep. Tom Emmer's efforts last year to alter Minnesota's DWI laws. Sgt. Randy McAlister of the...
April 28, 2010 - 11:43am
April 21, 2010
DWI chair auctioned for $3,700
PROCTOR - It appears the much-discussed motorized easy chair that landed its previous owner a DWI conviction in Proctor will remain in the Northland. The...
April 21, 2010 - 10:24am
April 8, 2010
Off-duty trooper charged with DWI in Meeker County
LITCHFIELD -- Off-duty Minnesota State Trooper Scott Urdahl was arrested for driving while impaired following a two-vehicle injury crash Tuesday evening. The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 12 in Darwin Township about two miles east of Litchfield. Urdahl,...
April 8, 2010 - 12:00am
April 6, 2010
Letter: Motorcycles, alcohol don't mix
It's that time of year again when motorcycles are pulled out of the Willmar-area garages after a long Minnesota winter. So it's time to review what any alcohol in the blood can do to judgment, especially to a motorcycle driver. A blood alcohol level of 0.01 (just one beer) to 0.04...
April 6, 2010 - 12:00am
February 27, 2010
Man gets 62 months for felony DWI, had child in back seat
WILLMAR -- Jose Luis Angel Salinas, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 62 months in prison, plus a five-year conditional release period, on a felony charge of driving while impaired. According to court files, Salinas was arrested by Willmar police officers on Nov. 9 after...
February 27, 2010 - 12:00am
January 20, 2010
Notorious drunken driver sentenced for 27th DWI
WADENA -- One of the state's most notorious drunken drivers has been sent to prison for four years for his 27th driving while impaired conviction. Danny Lee Bettcher, who has also spelled his last name Boettcher, was sentenced Jan. 14 in Otter Tail County District Court to four...
January 20, 2010 - 11:29pm
January 16, 2010
Alcohol, driving don't mix
Opinion A friendly reminder from the Kandiyohi County ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition to not drink and drive. Alcohol and driving don't mix, especially with winter road conditions. It's a recipe for disaster. In 2008, Minnesota recorded 163 alcohol-related traffic...
January 16, 2010 - 12:00am
January 5, 2010
Man arrested for 12th DWI on New Year's Eve, another for his fifth
PARK RAPIDS -- A Becker County man was arrested by Park Rapids police minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve for his 12th impaired driving offense. William Lawrence Butcher, 48, was to appear today in Hubbard County District Court on a first-degree felony driving while impaired...
January 5, 2010 - 12:00am
November 11, 2009
Bidder's remorse: Winner of eBay DWI chair auction backs out of deal
Proctor is having problems getting rid of the internationally famous motorized chair seized from a drunk driver. The high bidder for the chair said he never meant to enter a $10,999.99 bid on eBay. "I am surprised that someone would bid on it and then try to back out of the contract,"...
November 11, 2009 - 1:43pm