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.