MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 53-year-old man was arrested this week for what could be his 12th DWI in eight years.

Bloomington Police arrested Gilbert Ricardo Garcia, of Richfield, on Sunday for driving while intoxicated, after he pulled out in front of a police officer, forcing her to brake quickly to avoid a collision.

The officer said she saw Garcia look at her, but did not stop or slow down. She ran the vehicle’s plates and found the vehicle belonged to a David Miner, whose driver’s license was expired.

The officer pulled Garcia over and immediately noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. Garcia told police he was driving his boss’ truck.

He was asked to exit the vehicle and perform a field sobriety test, which according to the officer, he “miserably failed.” The officer states he refused to take the one-legged stand test and failed to recite the alphabet.

He then blew a .217 on a preliminary breath test and was arrested for DWI.

Police learned Garcia had 11 prior DWI convictions, including a prior felony conviction from July 17, 2003.

Comments (32)
  1. Melissa says:

    Yep, this is our great legal system for ya! Hence another reason for the public I think permit to carry people should have the right to take out people like in the other case! This guy should have been locked up a long time ago. Nope he’s out running the streets! Wasting the polices time on these matters over and over again! Then we wonder why they can’t get to people that are being robbed and etc.

    1. jimmy says:

      Wow! not too blood thirsty are you?

  2. Lock Up says:

    Lock him up and throw away the key. Before he kills someone on the road.

  3. Truth says:

    Not bad 12 dwi’s, guy’s a hero never hurt anyone.

  4. chassumner1 says:

    SAD to say but Driving while drunk is very much the norm in the hispanic culture, as is not needing a drivers license or insurance.

    1. Latino1 says:

      HISPANIC CULTURE? Really…. Its a sickness in ALL cultures.

    2. Latino1 says:

      Here is another HISPANIC on the news for you!
      A Minnesota man busted 10 times for DWI may be the first person in the state accused of breaking a brand new state law.

      Investigators said Michael Andrist, 46 of Rochester, injected bath salts before getting behind the wheel on Sunday near Vermillion in Dakota County.

  5. me says:

    ….kill him before he kill someone…

  6. shadow611 says:

    How about creating a charge of attempted involuntary manslaughter– kind of a oxymoron to have involuntary and also attempted– either accidental or an attempt– but I think would still fit the bill.

  7. Billy says:

    I wonder what happened to him on all his prior DWI convictions?
    Thats why Minnesota is a great place to be if you ever get a DWI, murder someone or anything else. The jails and prisons here in Minnesota are patty cake, patty cake also.
    Minnesota is a great place to be if your going to commit a crime…

  8. RIcky says:

    That a lots a beers Lucy!

  9. earlysun says:

    Sorry…gotta say…throw him in the slammer and throw away the key. I was very close to death after being in an accident and rear ended by a drunk driver who thought maybe he had hit a deer and was going to pick up the meat!

  10. John says:

    Why do you think soo many criminals move to Minnesota from another state?
    Minnesota is great if you plan on collecting welfare, Minnesota is great if you are thinking of doing any sort of crime.
    I know this for a fact.
    isn’t it great living in Minnesota?

    1. @John says:

      Pretty much sums up your life John, you say you know its a fact.

      1. John says:

        Believe me, I am not bragging or anything but I know these things for a fact. I been around, thru the Minnesota justus system many times, I know.
        Its people like YOU that don’t know.
        I am 49 yrs old and i know, i been thru it. Its a joke

        1. Diff @ John says:

          John, my friend, you are the joke. So proud of yourself for having experienced it, and your awful spelling. justus?? what the heck is that. Go to school you clown

          1. John says:

            Its people like you that become victim because your vulnerable.

            I bet you still believe in the saying “Minnesota Nice” ha ha

            1. Kathy says:

              There never ever was such a thing as “Minnesota Nice”
              I really would like to know who ever came up with that saying.

              1. Jill says:

                Its not “Minnesota Nice”.
                Don’t you mean “Minnesota Ice”
                “Minneapolice, Minnesota” And so on?

                1. Your all a Joke says:

                  Apparently none of you are old enough to remember “Minnesota Nice”. Probably because your from the “Me” generation which wiped out Minnesota nice because of your self-centeredness!

            2. jackactionhero says:

              It wasn’t the “Me Generation” that brought all the Somalians and Hmongs to Minnesota and created soft-on-crime legislation. That was the Baby Boomers, who are still in office creating your laws for you.

              But you’re right. Minnesota Nice is a myth.

              1. markH says:

                No, that was the face of organized religion trying to inject multiculturalism (and by extension, Islamic authoritarianism) into our great state. They did the same thing after the fall of Saigon; now St. Paul and Eau Claire have the highest concentrations of Hmong in the United States. Yes, some of them are law-abiding individuals who work hard and try hard to make a decent life for themselves. Many, many more are malcontents that become affiliated with the gang lifestyle, drugs, are unemployed, and do not make any effort to learn the English language or assimilate. I think that multiculturalism is nonsense; I support those who make a concerted effort to assimilate, obey the laws, and come to this country to make it better for OTHERS and not just themselves. Peace.

  11. djp says:

    Throw this a-hole into jail and lose the key..oh yeah…a Mexican, so we have to be NICE!!

  12. Jake says:

    Um, let’s see….Gilbert Ricardo Garcia. Can’t do the alphabet. Any chance that this guy is an ILLEGAL ALIEN?? If he is, send him to the southern tip of Chile and see how long it takes him to get back.

  13. Jake says:

    Since he had so many priors recently, I assume he had NO valid driver’s license, and maybe there was even no insurance on the vehicle. Hope the charges pile up good.

  14. RetroDude says:

    Aw, come on!! We can’t lock him up for a mere 12 DWI convictions. Good God, people, what about his civil rights?? After all, this IS liberal land.

    We should feel sorry for him and offer more taxpayer paid counseling and other stupid, money wasting programs. Law abiding, sober drivers don’t have the right to expect to arrive home alive. We must be concerned about the poor offender.

    OK, let’s face it, our entire government/judicial system is utterly backwards.

  15. make it hurt says:

    He was driving with an expired license. The vehicle may not even have been his. And of course he could not have insurance. And yet, what is there to physically prevent someone from getting in a vehicle and driving when they have no legal right to do so? Perhaps the answer really is to make the penalties so severe that it will act as a deterrent and remove violators from society. Sad.

    1. Latino1 says:

      Can’t you read? His boss , the owner of the truck had no license… He must be another MEXICAN – Or you the MEXICAN?
      “She ran the vehicle’s plates and found the vehicle belonged to a David Miner, whose driver’s license was expired.”

  16. Kevin says:

    Oh…Aint diversity grand????

  17. DENISE says:

    The cheapest, quickest way out of dealing with idiots like this….
    Give them (taxpayer funded of course, but would cost less in the long run)
    a case of their favorite flavor and let them drink themselves to death.
    This would not take up room at the INN (prison), more coffins would haveto
    be manufactured, more holes would have to be dug by the chain gangs that
    should be brought back to our justice system. WIN WIN FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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