Friday, May 10, 2013
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be tweeting every arrest from Friday’s patrols. Catch all the tweets here.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has a new tool when it comes to deterring drunken driving: Twitter. On Friday night, there will be 150 squads patrolling major corridors in the Twin Cities’ largest-ever, one-night, coordinated DWI enforcement effort. But this effort isn’t notable just because of its size; it will also offer Minnesotans the chance to follow along via Twitter. The Department of Public Safety (@MnDPS_OTS) will tweet the age and gender of those arrested for DWI using the hashtag #May10DWI. Too busy to follow along in real time? Check out the agency’s tweets and other related mentions in the live blog above. (People viewing this article on a mobile browser may not be able to view the live blog.)
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Police say he refused to take a breath test after swerving off the highway and hitting two road signs.
A Minneapolis man with four previous drunken-driving convictions is facing a felony DWI charge after police say he refused to submit to a chemical test. Charles Edward Bryan, 42, is charged with first-degree DWI/refusal to submit to a chemical test, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of three years in prison. Bryan is also charged with driving with a canceled license, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Minnesota State Patrol troopers were called to investigate a reported hit-and-run accident just before 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the intersection of westbound Highway 62 and Interstate 35W, according to the criminal…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
In a 4-3 ruling, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that the Intoxilyzer 5000EN is reliable even though the heavily-debated source code contains errors. What do you think? Is the breath-testing machine reliable?
The Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld that the Intoxilyzer breath-testing machine is reliable, ending a six-year battle in state and federal courts. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court agreed with District Court Judge Jerome Abrams that the Intoxilyzer 5000EN—a device once used in DWI cases across the state of Minnesota—is reliable even though the heavily-debated source code contains errors. Dissenting from today’s ruling were Supreme Court Justices Alan Page, Paul H. Anderson and Helen Meyer. Wednesday’s ruling means that more than 4,000 DWI and implied-consent cases that have been held up during the appeals process will now proceed. But the thing is, the breath-testing device that has long been in question will be phased out by the end…
Friday, March 23, 2012
A rear-ended resident called the cops and followed through.
When a Longfellow resident was rear-ended while driving near Bryant Avenue and Lake Street Saturday evening, she decided to seek justice. She followed Allison Christine Moore two blocks to her home near the intersection of Colfax Avenue and West 31st Street, calling police on her cell phone. Police arrived as Moore was shutting her front door and, after noting damage to both Moore and the Longfellow resident’s vehicles, began to tow Moore’s car. Moore than exited her home and police performed a blood alcohol test on her in which she blew a .201. Moore was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and causing property damage through a hit-and-run.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Police trying to prevent alcohol-related fatalities.
Citing a battery of statistics about the role of alcohol in fatal car accidents on Minnesota roads, the Minneapolis Police Department says its officers will be out in force this weekend in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road. The police department's efforts are part of a coordinated state-wide effort to continue shrinking the numbers of alcohol-related traffic deaths. In Minnesota over the past three Decembers, police say there were 89 traffic deaths of which 24 were alcohol-related. In 2010, only 131 people died in alcohol-related crashes, compared with the five-year average of 170 deaths per year. “The holidays are a time for celebrating. They are not a time to throw common sense and safe driving choices out the window,” says …