Do you know it's a crime in Minnesota to merely refuse to submit to a sobriety test?It's a lesson a man named William Bernard learned the hard way two years ago when he was approached by police at a public boat ramp and asked to undergo field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer exam. Bernard refused, ... More >>
Matthew Damman was struggling with low blood sugar, not drunkenness, when he crashed his 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan into the Lowertown Bulldog following a brief chase with a state trooper, charges filed this afternoon say.After crashing into the restaurant just after midnight this mornin ... More >>
You might think subtly tweaking the way DWI is defined in order to strip legislators of their immunity from drunk driving arrests would be a no brainer for Minnesota lawmakers. You'd be wrong.THE BACKSTORY: Push renewed to strip legislators of DWI immunity During the first hearing about a bill to th ... More >>
Two years ago, a group of Concordia University students led by political science professor Jayne Jones came up just short in their push to go the legislature to approve a student-drafted bill that would strip legislators of their immunity from DWI arrests during session. Jones and company hope ... More >>
Rusty Gatenby's lengthy tenure as a KSTP-TV reporter has come to an end.Gatenby confirmed his departure in a Facebook post yesterday, writing, "well it's true.. after more than 30 years at KSTP I am moving on."
:::: UPDATE :::: Simpson has been formally charged in connection with his arrest:#Vikings WR Jerome Simpson charged with 2 counts: misdemeanor DWI and refusing blood test -- gross misdemeanor. Minneapolis court date 12/11-- Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) November 13, 2013 Original post (November 11) -- ... More >>
Two years after he was charged with felony marijuana trafficking in Kentucky, Jerome Simpson is in trouble with the law again.SEE ALSO: Jerome Simpson calls Tom Pelissero a "douchebag," Leslie Frazier calls to apologize Simpson, 27, was arrested this morning on suspicion of drunk driving.
You can't blame a guy for trying, but you can blame him for being creepy and drunk -- especially when he's behind the wheel after bar close at a Taco Bell drive-thru.SEE ALSO: Vikings' Jerome Felton, arrested for DWI in McDonald's drive-thru, was lovin' it too much Nathan Halverson, a 26-year-old La ... More >>
Some defense attorneys think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday could affect thousands of pending DWI cases here in Minnesota.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive Segways The 8-1 ruling held that in most situations, law enforcement officers cannot force a dru ... More >>
-- Original post from morning of February 8; update at bottom --Up until 2005, Michael Brodkorb wouldn't have been doing anything illegal by driving around with a .10 blood-alcohol level in Minnesota. But now, he could face a drunken driving charge in connection with the one-car accident that left h ... More >>
Fred Smoot's pants stayed dry throughout his DWI arrest, according to Smoot's attorney, Brian McDaniel.SEE ALSO:-- Fred Smoot pissed his pants during DWI arrest -- Former Viking Fred Smoot continues to terrorize neighborhood In an affidavit, US Capitol Police officer Seth Carll wrote that "During pr ... More >>
Fred Smoot -- the so-called Captain of the Love Boat (more on that later) -- no longer has to worry about getting torched by NFL receivers. The 33-year-old hasn't played in the NFL since 2009.SEE ALSO: Vikings rumored to be changing uniforms; more than 60 percent in favor [POLL RESULTS] He does, how ... More >>
Eric Thomes, the man investigators have deemed a "person of interest" in the murder of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, has a public Facebook page.SEE ALSO: Eric Thomes killed himself in connection with Officer Decker slaying; murder weapon foundHis likes include "beer," "drinking beer," the V ... More >>
A driver recently spotted swerving his car erratically on Greeley Street in Stillwater wasn't drunk, high, or on bath salts. But he was under the influence -- of Ronald McDonald.SEE ALSO:-- Hamburglar lives! Bag of McDonald's swiped from unsuspecting customer -- Vikings' Jerome Felton, arrested for ... More >>
In July, Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler was arrested for driving while three sheets to the wind -- his blood-alcohol level was 0.234, though he reportedly blew a surgical anesthesia-level 0.336 immediately after being pulled over. A nearly empty bottle of vodka was found in his vehicle.Five we ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Annie Stensrud, KEYC Mankato "drunk broadcast" anchor, sentenced to probation-- KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud breaks silence on her "drunk broadcast" [VIDEO]One week after being sentenced to probation for third-degree DWI, Annie Stensrud is telling her side of the story.The former M ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Thom Pertler, Carlton County attorney, quits teaching gig after showing up to class drunkIn February, Thom Pertler tried to teach while drunk, but made such a mess out of it that he ended up resigning his adjunct gig at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.Pertler, the Carlton County A ... More >>
A group of St. Charles High School seniors were having some drinks at a bonfire last Thursday, the night before their last day of class.Sounds like fairly normal behavior, doesn't it? But a controversy is raging over how school administrators handled the situation when some seniors showed up for the ... More >>
Either Charles Gray downed the strongest beer ever, or he was lying.Gray, 69, is a resident of Jackson, Land of Cheese. A police officer spotted him driving his lawn mower down a suburban street last Sunday evening, animatedly gesturing for the squad car to pass him. But the officer wasn't having it ... More >>
Yesterday was a rough day for Gerret Parks. About 1 a.m. Sunday, the 39-year-old Bloomington resident was freed from Hennepin County Jail. He spent the weekend locked up after police identified him as the man who allegedly threw a metal vise through a moving car's windshield, leaving an unsuspect ... More >>
In this week's feature, we told the story of Ramsey County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Ruettimann, who committed suicide in early October. Shortly before his death, he asked a friend to pass a package of paperwork to this City Pages reporter. Included in the package was a detailed account of an Interna ... More >>
More than 4,000 blood alcohol results could be thrown out in court.Questions over a breathalyzer machine's accuracy have put more than 4,000 DWI cases across the state in limbo. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted defense attorneys' motion to temporarily halt 4,000-plus cases where de ... More >>
Buesgens gives up his gavel.A DWI conviction won't keep you out of the state Legislature, but it can get you booted from your committee chairmanship. Mark Buesgens, the Jordan state representative busted for drunk driving this summer, has resigned his chairmanship of the House State Government a ... More >>
Image courtesy Wright County Sheriff's DepartmentRep. Mark Buesgens steps down as GOP consultant.State Rep. Mark Buesgsens resigned as a GOP consultant today after being arrested Saturday night in Wright County on suspicion of drunken driving. Buesgens was listed as the chairman of Tom Emmer's gu ... More >>
Tripp Emmer told police he was drinking illegally at a strip club named Lookers in Alexandria.Tripp Emmer and a bunch of his hockey-playing buddies got drunk at a strip club on July 10. Then they got nabbed for underage boozing, and managed to help drag Republican Rep. Tom Emmer's drunken dri ... More >>
Tripp Emmer and friends. See the rest of the photos by clicking hereRepublican candidate for governor Tom Emmer admitted today that his son, Tripp, had been cited for underage drinking in July, and "our family is dealing with our son in this matter." City Pages broke the underage drinking c ... More >>
Photo by JacobEnoJohnson scored the state's fastest speeding ticket in July. Not bad for a drunk guy.If you're going to drive a Corvette, you might as well have some fun with it. This is what 40-year-old Michael James Johnson thought last month while cruising down County Road 31 in Wadena. Jo ... More >>
The screw-ups at the Tri-County Regional Forensic Laboratory who inflated the blood-alcohol content in urine samples over the last year got nearly a dozen innocent people charged with drunk driving.The cause of the error wasn't some malfunction in sophisticated equipment or contaminated lab appar ... More >>
Marcus Sheen, a 22-year-old Maple Grove man, was arrested early this morning after mowing down Minneapolis Police Sgt. Rena Dudgeon in front of a police precinct.
The arrests are part of a federally-funded crackdown that will continue into 2010, the State Patrol says.
The rotten economy may have also played a role by encouraging people to drive less, and more slowly to conserve fuel.
Not that it's ever a good time, but now's an especially bad time to pull back one too many at your local saloon then crawl on to your riding lawn mower to mosey on home.
The arrest was part of a busy few days for the state patrol, as a major snow storm settled over Minnesota.
Grocery shopper warns police as the woman and son leave the store.
Santa and one of his little helpers helped themselves to a little too much Christmas cheer in Sparta, Wis.
His lawyer managed to get the felony count of expelling bodily substances at a public safety worker dismissed in court.
The numbers, which cover 2006-2008, are being used by DPS as a way to figure out where to concentrate stepped-up DWI highway patrols over the holidays.
A 26-year-old Foley woman was arrested Saturday when her SUV crashed into the tractor pulling adults taking a hayride.
Daniel Samplanski of Milwaukee was charged this week with drunken driving on the type of scooter most often seen carrying really old people or horrifically obese over-eaters at the Minnesota State Fair.
There's really no better way to celebrate your wedding day. Except when you crash, injure your bride, and end up arrested.
Two ambulances from Hennepin County Medical Center were involved in collisions with other vehicles within minutes of each other Saturday.
One of them will throw you from a moving car and the other will just feel like it
Former American Idol contestant Jesse Langseth was arrested Friday in south Minneapolis. She had a warrant out for her arrest for driving on a suspended license.
You might just be getting some shut-eye to sober up, but the cops don't care.
Casual robbers, Facebook blackmailers, pet killers, lesbian beaters, and a religious leader accused of hiding a corpse on a toilet. Can Minnesota top that? Never.