State Reports Over 1,500 DWI Arrests During Recent Crackdown
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says five people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the state while the State Patrol and several hundred local law enforcement agencies were conducting a two-week long crackdown on drunk drivers.
Officials say the enhanced enforcement campaign resulted in just over 1,500 DWI arrests, which is about 150 higher than the arrest total from a late summer crackdown conducted last year.
Among the notable arrests listed by the department was one that took place in Mower County, where a motorist was caught driving drunk at 126 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. The highest blood-alcohol-concentration found among those arrested during the campaign was just under .4 in St. Paul, while the 2nd highest was .36 in Dodge County. At .35, a person could fall into a coma and .4 can be lethal.
The Rochester Police Department reported that its' officers made 25 drunk driving arrests while participating in the enforcement campaign.