MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota state trooper is facing charges of drinking and driving.
Trooper Brian Bammert, 30, was arrested Saturday night in Shorewood, Minn.
According to the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD), a officer responded to a hit-and-run property damage call at around 11:38 p.m. in St. Bonifacious, Minn. The car reportedly last seen at the hit-and-run site took off going east on Highway 7. The SLMPD officer spotted the suspected car as it drove into Shorewood and pulled it over near the intersection of Highway 7 and Eureka Road, police said.
The officer identified the driver of the suspected car as Bammert. The officer also found what appeared to be recent damage on Bammert’s car, police said.
Bammert showed signs of drinking, and after performing sobriety tests, he was arrested, police said.
Bammert consented to a urine test at the SLMPD headquarters. The results of that test are pending, police said.
Bammert faces one count of third-degree driving while impaired and one count of operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration at or above 0.08.
According to the Hennepin County Jail website, he had a blood alcohol level more than the legal limit for driving.
The website also shows that he posted bond and will head to court in November.
Now, Bammert is on desk duty until the completion of the internal investigation.
Bammert was also in the news in April of this year after he was hit twice by drivers along the highway. He was not seriously hurt in either case.