Police Find Alleged Drunk Driver Sleeping In Car

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 34-year-old South St. Paul man is accused of driving drunk with alcohol in his car and eventually falling asleep at the wheel before being found by police, according to charges filed in Dakota County Court on Friday.

Brian George Krieg was charged with two felony counts of first-degree driving while impaired.

According to a criminal complaint, South St. Paul Police spotted a parked car on a city street with a man sleeping inside at about 2:15 a.m.

An officer approached the vehicle and noticed the man, later identified as Krieg, asleep in the driver’s seat with an open container of chicken nuggets. It took the officer several attempts to wake the man up. The officer smelled alcohol from the vehicle and asked the man how much he had been drinking. He responded, “Yeah,” according to the complaint.

When the officer asked Krieg why he was sleeping in his car, he said “I don’t know.” Krieg then failed four field sobriety tests, including a breath test that showed he had a blood alcohol content of .21, nearly three times the legal limit for driving, according to the complaint.

Krieg was placed under arrest, then officers noticed in a search of the car that his keys were in the ignition and there was an empty beer can in the backseat of the car. Police also noticed damage to the front left of Krieg’s car, including a damaged turn signal, that appeared to be recent.

At about 4:07 a.m. that morning, while being read his Miranda rights he told police the he did not remember being woken up by the officer and didn’t remember anything but being in jail, according to the complaint. Krieg also a previous felony conviction for driving under the influence in 2003.

If convicted, Krieg faces up to seven years in prison and up to a $14,000 fine.

Comments

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  1. please says:

    Ok now restrict his driving priveledges.

    1. gordokong says:

      How do you know they weren’t already restricted?

  2. Jim says:

    Why is this news?

    1. why says:

      yeah he isnt a black guy..so why is this news?

  3. rw says:

    Give him the seven years.

  4. Murph says:

    How much time would he face if he was a politician? Either this is not the whole story or there is a lot of differing degrees of punishment from one locality to another! There comes a time when the wheels of justice fall off the rims! If they would charge the mayor or governor the same way with the same severity of potential jail time it would be refreshing and fair.As it is? Stay tuned.

  5. flanders says:

    Open container of chicken nuggets. Ha ha. What a tool. Passed out in the car chowing nuggets.

  6. me says:

    DWN – Driving While Nuggeting ?

    Does an open container of McNuggets get him a ding under the “open container” law?

  7. Phid says:

    I don’t understand – if he was not actually driving the vehicle, but merely sitting in it while intoxicated, is that against the law?

    1. Taylor J says:

      i believe so. From what i heard… if they caught you sleeping in your car at the bar’s parking lot, you can still get arrested if you have the keys next or on you.

  8. G. Williston says:

    Must be a slow news day!

  9. fred says:

    probably do more time than amy sensor

  10. mike says:

    thats how people get killed stupid people like him

  11. legalize pot! says:

    Yep/ One of those Real Stupid We Just Want Your Money LAWS> I LEFT A BAR MANY YEARS AGO AND KNEW I SHOULD NOT BE DRIVING> PARKED IN A LEGAL SPOT I THOUGHT IT WAS THE RIGHT THING NOT A HAZARD TO ANYONE SIX MILES FROM HOME WOKE UP TO A DONUT EATER BANGING ON THE ROOF LIKE A PSYCHO> TOLD IT WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN DRIVING> HUH? SO HELL AFTER THAT I DROVE NOT SUPPOSE TO DO THE RIGHT THING> I DO NOT DRINK ANY MORE

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