A Minnesota family whose 5-month-old son was killed by a drunk driver wants tougher state laws for repeat offenders. Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach Brad Bigler and his wife, Heather, lost their son, Drake, in a car crash in July of 2012.
St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Monday meant a weekend-long celebration for some, and the Department of Public Safety says nearly 500 were arrested during increased DWI patrols. The DPS Office of Traffic Safety said that number may rise as additional information comes in.
A pair of Minnesota state Republican lawmakers wants the Legislature to strengthen the maximum penalty for repeat drunk-driver offenders. Rep. Chris Swedzinski and Sen. Gary Dahms appeared at a news conference with the parents of a 5-month-old boy whom a drunk driver killed in July 2012.
A 30-year-old Amery, Wis. man was arrested Sunday morning for operating a vehicle under the influence with a child in the vehicle, according to police.
A St. Paul man faces a DWI charge after police say they stopped him on Thanksgiving morning going 84 mph in a 55 mph zone with his young son in the back seat. A criminal complaint says a state trooper stopped 31-year-old Brett Howard Wergeland after he was clocked speeding just before 9:30 a.m. on southbound Highway 52.
More than 1,000 people have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Minnesota since the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
A Cokato man has been ordered to pay more than $37,000 after drunkenly causing a car crash that killed three generations of a family last year in Kandiyohi County.
Crystal Police are investigating an overnight crash between a squad car and another vehicle full of people. The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. at 62nd and County Road 81.
More than 1,500 drivers were arrested for drunk driving during the end-of-summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Authorities said as many as 344 agencies arrested 1,556 impaired drivers during the campaign, which went from Aug. 16-Sept. 2.
More than 200 drivers are facing drunk-driving charges after just one night of increased patrols. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 225 drivers failed sobriety tests during Friday night. The department is also tweeting information about those arrested for DWI, including age, gender and blood alcohol level of offenders. The arrest location is also noted, but the names of the offenders are not revealed.
Five car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period – from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 – the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.
A Madison, Wis. man was arrested Saturday for his fourth DWI offense, according to authorities. However, this time, the man was traveling with a child.
A Hampton Township man was charged Friday with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a car crash last November. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 27-year-old Keri James Gesme was driving his pickup truck on Hwy 50 at speeds between 83 and 106 miles per hour on Nov. 8, 2012.
Dakota County District Judge Michael Vann Sovis pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to third-degree DWI, according to officials. Sovis, 63, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after smashing into three parked cars last Christmas Eve in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood.
If you’re going to be out on the town Friday night, you’re urged to plan for having a sober ride. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is enforcing its largest-ever crack down on drunk driving Friday night into Saturday morning.