Mankato News Anchor Charged With DWI

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — A news anchor for KEYC-TV in Mankato has been charged with driving while intoxicated, not long after a video showing her slurring through a newscast went viral.

According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old Annie Stensrud was arrested in the city of North Mankato just before noon on Dec. 21, 2011, for probable cause DWI. She was charged Tuesday with one count of third-degree driving while impaired and two counts of fourth degree driving while impaired.

A witness called 911 to report the driver, and the call was transferred to Nicollet County dispatch. Nicollet County then sent one of their officers to pull her over. The complaint states as she attempted to get out of her car for field sobriety tests, she struggled to stand on her own and had to hold her open car door to stay upright. Stensrud then refused to perform those sobriety tests as well as a preliminary breath test.

She was then arrested and booked into the Nicollet County Jail. Toxicology tests put Stensrud’s blood alcohol at 0.31, which is nearly four times the legal limit.

If convicted on all offenses, Stensrud faces up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Earlier last month, a video showing Stensrud struggling to get through a newscast caught national attention.

Station general manager Dennis Walhstrom talked with WCCO Radio about the incident, claiming Stensrud had “been sick.” He said she was taking medication and missing a lot of work, but wanted to get back on air.

Walhstrom said, on the day of the newscast in question, she was not drunk but had a bad reaction to the medication.

KEYC-TV is an CBS affiliate.

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  1. She's Drunk says:

    They got a bed waiting for you at Hazelden. Good Luck.

    1. Paul says:

      I agree – appears this has been a long time a coming.
      Wish her the best as a recovering abuser but kinda wondering the “what and whys” of the cover-up by station. Or did she really have them baffooned?

      1. News at Noon? says:

        Highly functioning alcoholic…takes a lot of practice.

  2. Hailey says:

    Possible she had a reacyion and then the second issue was alcohol and drug? Guess that wouldn’t change the 0.31 at that or would it?
    Sad – this country has a very serious chemical issue whether it is booze, pot, heavy dope or ‘scripts. No surprise we have a lot of truly messed up families and kids coming from them. Even for the people skirting a “label” of sorts – when the baby is conceived they are what you where at the time. Maybe it’s time for most people to call it a day on even having kids?

    1. Foghat says:

      Slow riding woman your so fine.

  3. W says:

    Perhaps WCCO could find a better news clip of Ms. Stensrud — one where her lips actually match the audio track. The film clip they show seems to be doctored.

    Manipulation of film images might be expected from the North Korean government, but not a local news channel in Minnesota. WCCO owes Ms. Stensrud and the rest of us an apology for this one.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      @W
      What’s in the coffee you had today. Maybe the stone-age equipment you are viewing is out of sync! Check with Jesse V. to see if this is a conspiracy theory or cover-up. That’s what’s you are saying! Are you bucking for a TV episode?

      Ms Stensrud is sick and needs help. She doesn’t need “conspiracy theory” or snide cover-up remarks!

      1. W says:

        Thanks — I re-checked my equipment. On my computer it looks to me like Angela Davis’s lips are sync’ed with the audio, but Ms. Stensrud’s are not.

        It never occurred to me that there might be some sort of conspiracy going on here. Perhaps somebody made a mistake. My only point was that regardless of Ms. Stensrud’s situation, there is no excuse for airing a doctored video clip. Look at it again and decide for yourself.

        1. Okay W says:

          Dude – are you out of it when it comes to tech?
          When one dl’s a vid it will come out of sync – hell, my big plasma at times does the same.
          Nice try – now go back looking for gooblins under your bed. Wait – there’s a light coming from your (((whispering in case))) closet.
          Is it a secret transmitter or a hidden camera??? …….how Rod Sterling like….. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      2. W says:

        Follow up — at the upper left hand corner of the clip it says “CREDIT:COREYINKATO”. If you search the web under ‘coreyinkato’ it appears to be a film clip that someone doctored and put on YouTube. Somehow it got onto the WCCO website in conjunction with this news story.

        1. Swamp Rat says:

          Just checked the site mentioned. Nobody doctored it but it is anomaly of mismatched equipment and electronic techniques. Unless you have high-end technical equipment that automatically sinks your editing etc. you will have mismatches and out-of-sync video.

          You see this all the time on YouTube and other miscellaneous contributory sites. It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out!

          1. Swamp Rat says:

            Checked the site again through this CBS NEWS Minnesota thread. Surprise! The video is out of sync due do to equipment lack time, passing through many online portals, and some inherent security/software idiosyncrasies. Don’t forget most home PC equipment don’t have the broadcast standard protocols or software for technical video synchronization. Again, nobody doctored this news segment.

            1. W says:

              Oh, that’s nonsense I never mentioned a ‘site’, so you could not have possibly visited it. I only mentioned the name of the party who took credit for the Stensrud video clip (i.e. “COREYINKATO”).

              I may not have a broadcast studio full of special video equipment, but I can certainly recognize baloney when I see it.

              1. Wade says:

                This thread is illuminating. I leave appropriate comments and concerns about a news report, and in response receive off-topic, off-color personal attacks.

            2. W says:

              This thread is illuminating. I leave appropriate comments and concerns about a news report, and in response receive off-topic, off-color personal attacks.

        2. Unsync'ed Brain says:

          Out of synch is .31 before noon.

  4. Ron Reganite says:

    Guess when we a real life on-air personality we should expect the hammer to come down on us when we mess up since we made our wages reporting others misfortunes. lol
    Shelby had an issue years ago as I recall as have others.
    Maybe she can get her act together and start fresh somewhere..maybe not. Her choice it is what she really wants to be ro do. They covered for her a day to long at the station

  5. See BS says:

    Local News in the State of Minnesota does have a tattle tale mindset.

  6. Don'tTread says:

    OMG!! This is so important. A regular A$$ person got a DWI, just like thousands of other regular a$$ people do every year. Slow news day or something?

    1. altavista says:

      What is important is that her station personnel are acting as enablers for her. This woman needs help, soon. I saw the clip on YouTube—Her speech was slurred, word choice was inappropriate and she was wobbling in her chair. The camera kept cutting to a guy who looked very somber as if he didn’t know quite what to do. Maybe her colleagues were sick of covering for her and decided to let her “hit bottom.” I hope that this person’s family and friends get her into a treatment program—-Unfortunately, however, an alcoholic’s family and friends are usually drunks, too. If she is lucky she will be brought before a judge who forces her into a program before she kills herself or someone else.

    2. altavista says:

      What is important is that her station personnel are acting as enablers for her. This woman needs help, soon. I saw the clip on YouTube—Her speech was slurred, word choice was inappropriate and she was wobbling in her chair. The camera kept cutting to a guy who looked very somber as if he didn’t know quite what to do. Maybe her colleagues were sick of covering for her and decided to let her “hit bottom.” I hope that this person’s family and friends get her into a treatment program—-Unfortunately, however, an alcoholic’s family and friends are usually drunks, too. If she is lucky she will be brought before a judge who forces her into a program before she kills herself or someone else.

  7. Jumpalot says:

    The REAL question here is…THERE’S A NEWS CHANNEL IN MANKATO?

  8. Hans Kah says:

    Von must be a retired German Teacher

  9. Coolbreeze says:

    I’d hit it.

  10. Splattered on the streets and roads says:

    she driving in Maple Grove today per chance? Or was it Amy?

  11. Brett says:

    Well, if I had to read the sugar-coated “news” on air, day after day, month after month, knowing that it was probably 50% BS, I’d probably be tempted to tip back a few. Maybe she knows something that most of us don’t, but I don’t see that as an excuse for driving around at 4 times the legal limit. Hopefully, she will get the help she needs before someone gets hurt

  12. Rufus Larkin says:

    She has still not reached the point like when that weathercaster saw a bee and breaks out in a cussing fit.

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