ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A Minnesota State Trooper was arrested Wednesday after he showed up to an in-service training at the State Patrol’s district office in Duluth smelling of alcohol.
Authorities say 29-year-old Nicholas Morse, of Two Harbors, drove his squad car from his home to arrive at the training at 8:10 a.m. At the district office, a supervisor noticed the odor of alcohol coming from Morse.
Field sobriety tests were administered and Morse was arrested. He was transported to St. Louis County Jail where he submitted to a breath test. The test registered a BAC of .08, which is the legal limit.
Morse was booked into the St. Louis County Jail and placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation.
Morse has been a state trooper since April 2009.
“State troopers are dedicated to taking impaired drivers off the road, which makes this incident even more egregious and unacceptable,” said Col. Kevin Daly, chief of the State Patrol in a press release. “We don’t tolerate impaired driving, regardless of who is behind the wheel.”