Family and friends who’ve lost loved ones in drunken driving crashes gathered Sunday in Minneapolis for a special remembrance. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organized the vigil held at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. Candles were lit to represent those whose lives were cut short.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons. The league announced the punishment Friday, putting Simpson on the sideline until Sept. 22 when the Vikings begin practice for Week 4.
While millions of us will be hitting the roads this holiday weekend, bear in mind that nearly 400 law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols, looking for drunk drivers. A DWI offense can mean losing your driver’s license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.
One person was killed and another injured in a St. Louis County crash Wednesday evening, according to the county sheriff’s office. The single-vehicle accident happened on the 9900 block of Gamma Road in Kabetogama Township at about 8 p.m. The vehicle struck a tree.
The Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Supreme Court is pushing back against the party’s attempts to keep her away from its State Fair booth. Michelle MacDonald showed up at the booth on the fair’s first day Thursday and was asked several times to leave.
Manitowoc police say an officer making a traffic stop found an intoxicated driver behind the wheel — and she was just 13 years old. They say five other juveniles, 14 and under, were along for the ride.
A 16-year-old boy died after his vehicle was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver last week. According to the State Patrol, the driver has not been charged, but authorities said he had also been involved in an earlier crash that day along Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park and had fled the scene.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Wednesday he will no longer issue cards that appeared to give lawmakers immunity from being arrested for drunken driving or other crimes during a legislative session, saying his office isn’t bound by statute to distribute them.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is advising the Legislature to forge ahead with a bill making clear that lawmakers can’t avoid arrest for drunken driving or other crimes during the months of session. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Latz responded Thursday that he’s not convinced that a new law is required to resolve what he sees as a misunderstanding of current law.
A Forest Lake, Minn. man has been charged with three criminal counts after he allegedly broke into his ex-wife’s house and stole cheese from her refrigerator. The criminal complaint says police in Lino Lakes responded to a call very early the morning of March 28.
Minnesota lawmakers’ immunity to drunken driving arrests would end under a bill that passed a House committee on Friday, a day after the Senate’s version was tabled by lawmakers who see it as unnecessary. The archaic provision in the state constitution dates to 1858, when the state’s founding fathers wanted to protect legislators from being arrested and detained from votes on important measures.
The Minnesota State Patrol says if you drive drunk, you will get caught – especially if you’re driving a giant piece of construction equipment down a sidewalk.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings have released linebacker Erin Henderson, who was recently arrested twice on suspicion of drunken driving. The Vikings announced Henderson’s release Friday. Henderson had one season left on his contract with a $1.95 million salary. Henderson’s latest arrest was Jan. 1 after he crashed his sport utility vehicle in Chanhassen.