Teen Struck By Suspected Drunken Driver DiesA 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.
Ritchie Stops Issuing Privilege Cards To LawmakersMinnesota 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.
Minn. AG Backs Bill Surrounding Lawmaker ImmunityMinnesota 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.
Charges: Drunk Man Steals Cheese From Ex's FridgeA 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.
Bill Rescinding Legislators' DWI Immunity In DoubtMinnesota 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.
State Patrol: 27-Year-Old Arrested For Stealing, Driving Excavator DrunkThe 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.
Nearly 500 Arrested In MN Over St. Patrick's WeekendSt. 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.
Lawmakers Seek Tougher Penalty For Repeat DWIsA 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.
Vikings Release LB Erin HendersonThe 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.
DPS Reminds Football Fans To Plan Sober Ride Officials with the Department of Public Safety are reminding football fans to plan ahead for a sober ride if they will be drinking during Super Bowl festivities.
DPS: Minn. Traffic Deaths Down In 2013Traffic deaths on Minnesota roads were down in 2013 and have decreased sharply over the last decade, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Thursday.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Urges Safety This Holiday SeasonMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is trying to raise awareness ahead of the busy holiday season, reminding people to plan for a safe ride home.
Jerome Simpson Officially Charged With DWIMinnesota 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.
Concordia Students Fight Against Controversial LoopholeStudents at Concordia University are attempting something not a lot of college students try to do. They're going to the Minnesota Legislature to get some laws changed, including one controversial loophole for the lawmakers themselves.
DPS Releases Final 2012 Drunken Driving ReportAs the statewide DWI crackdown continues through Labor Day, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released the final 2012 drunken driving report.