Charges: Drunk Driver ‘Just Trying To Get Home’

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — An Inver Grove Heights, Minn. man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

A Dakota County Sheriff’s deputy was called to the area of 200th Street and Goodwin Avenue on Jan. 28 after a woman said she stopped for a man’s welfare.

She had seen a man standing in the roadway and felt sorry for him. It appeared he had driven his truck into the ditch.

When a deputy arrived, 37-year-old Anthony Paul Braun approached, swaying while walking, looking disheveled and attempting to smoke a cigarette backwards in his mouth. He asked the deputy for a match.

The deputy noted the strong smell of alcohol, and saw Braun’s boots and the seat of his pants were both wet.

Whenever asked how his truck got into the ditch, Braun told the deputy that he was “just trying to get home.”

He was taken into custody and, upon arrival at Dakota County Jail, refused to consent to sobriety tests, which included stopping in the middle of breath tests.

Braun has been charged with first-degree counts of driving while impaired and refusing to submit to an implied consent test. Both are felonies.

The criminal complaint states Braun has been convicted on alcohol-related traffic counts in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2007.


One Comment

  1. AB says:

    Need more info….Does he still have his license? If yes, shame on the legal system. I know he could still drive even if he didn’t have his license, but at least it would be closer to having proper punishment.

  2. Billy says:

    WCCO, you really must be hard up for news.

    This sort of thing happens every day.

  3. Billy says:

    Felony DWI is no joke, he will be going to prison but c’mon WCCO, this sort of stuff happens every day, don’t you have any REAL news to report?

  4. PY says:

    What kind of story is this? Poor journalism. What happened here to make this news worthy?

  5. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    What! Slow news day? You need to step up WCCO.

  6. All The News That Is The News says:

    So you want some exciting news, do you? May I suggest you tune in to the ‘CCO morning news program and see what ace reporter Kelly McNally has in store for you. It could be anything from a play date at the water park to visiting a back yard ice rink. Whatever it is, you can count on it being an informed and meaningful part of your daily news. Not exciting enough for you? Well then, turn to the morning traffic report by ace-in-training Natalie Kane. Play either the “guess what I’m looking at now” or the “let me check my notes” game so you’ll be armed with some real water cooler factoids to share.

  7. Mike Hunt says:

    Looks like John Trivolta’s evil brother.

    1. Ranger says:

      Looks more like “Norm” from Cheers if he let himself go…

  8. Victim Du Jour says:

    Since when is pleading your 5th amendment rights a felony.

    The State of Minnesota is bankrupting the country trumping everything up to a major crime.

  9. Looks like Helga says:

    Poor guy, aren’t we all just trying to get home…

  10. We says:

    You call this news who cares!

  11. Brandon says:

    It is funny to read these comments. The reason – we have grown adults (assuming) that were not forced to read this article complaining. If you claim that this is poor or wasted your time – stop and think – you clicked on it, the website is free – SHUT UP!

    1. We says:

      Brandon why so bitter?

  12. be afraid says:

    been there done that a few times, hahaha pay attention i may be on the road tonight

  13. pfff says:

    that guys 37? wow he looks 57, ive saw old leather couchs that looked better

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