A Farmington man has been charged after three young children he was taking care of were found playing alone in a hotel parking lot, covered in mud, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Benjamin Edward Barsness, 31, faces gross misdemeanor charges of child neglect and child endangerment in connection to the May 24, 2014 incident.
A former American Eagle pilot has pleaded guilty to trying to fly a plane from Minneapolis to New York City last year while he was twice over the legal alcohol limit for pilots. Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen, 48, was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Jan. 4, 2013.
New reports say a Minnesota woman who drowned after her car plunged down a 40-foot embankment and crashed through ice in Wisconsin was legally drunk at the time. A La Crosse Tribune report says 21-year-old Ellen “Ellie” Ahmann of Winona, Minn., had just left the downtown tavern where she was tending bar on New Year’s Eve. Police reports obtained through an open-records request say her blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent, or twice the legal limit.
A school bus driver has been charged with third-degree DWI after crashing into a tree with children on board Tuesday afternoon, according to Winona County authorities.
A former day care owner in Moorhead has pleaded guilty to neglect and child endangerment after police found her drunk at her home.
The Duluth Police Department has reportedly closed the case of a 19-year-old college freshman found unconscious on a neighbor’s porch. That student, Alyssa Jo Lommel, is being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul this morning for severe hypothermia. She is in critical condition.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has officially been charged with DWI, after being arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving along Interstate 394. Simpson was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of refusing to submit a chemical test, which is a misdemeanor.
A Moorhead woman is accused of being drunk while caring for children at a day care she operates in her home. Fifty-four-year-old Jayne Cote is charged with four gross misdemeanor counts of neglect or endangerment of a child. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says when police performed a welfare check at the day care on Oct. 2, Cote’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. That’s more than twice Minnesota’s legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.
The Cokato man accused of drunkenly causing a car crash that killed three generations of a family last year pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Kandiyohi County. County Attorney Jenna Fischer said Paul Wickenhauser will serve 67 months in prison – about 5 1/2 years – after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
With the Independence Day holiday approaching, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is ramping up enforcement this weekend against drunken boating.
Charges are pending for an allegedly drunk man who reportedly stole a Bloomington hotel shuttle van in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and crashed it three miles later into a grove of trees, authorities say.
Authorities say a Milwaukee woman facing an operating while intoxicated charge had four children in her car.
A Sioux Falls man who drove drunk and struck three boys riding bicycles has been sentenced to 180 days in jail.
A 10-year-old Vikings fan wants to hang up his Helga horns all because of what happened in the stands during Sundays game against the Lions.
Last year, Minnesota police officers, county deputies and state patrol officers arrested nearly 30,000 drivers for driving while intoxicated. Worse yet, for over 40 percent of them it wasn’t their first time.