2022 WE Fest By The Numbers From Minnesota State Patrol

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) — Minnesota State Patrol made more than 1,300 traffic stops during We Fest and 8 arrests for drunk driving. Eight minors were cited for underage drinking. There were also 6 arrests on outstanding warrants and five drug arrests. Sgt. Jesse Grabow says 440 citations or warnings for speeding were given with four drivers going more than…

Search warrant: Sheriff Hutchinson denied driving vehicle after DWI crash

Hutchison pleaded guilty to a single count of driving while intoxicated in the fourth degree last month, just days after the crash.

(FOX 9) – A search warrant unsealed on Thursday claims Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson initially lied about being behind the wheel of the vehicle after a drunk driving crash in northern Minnesota last month. The search warrant was filed in Becker County District Court after Hutchinson wrecked his county vehicle on I-94 outside of Alexandria, Minnesota on December 8. Court document…

A Car Crash Display Is Hoping To Make An Impact In The Community

The display is located at the Moorhead Travel Information Center.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A car crash display at the Moorhead Travel Information Center is making drivers stop in their tracks. This car belonged to a young family from West Fargo who were killed by a drunk driver as they were heading home from visiting family in Bismarck. It’s part of the Drive Sober Drive Smart campaign by the Minnesota Department…

Mayor of Eagan Arrested for Drunk Driving

A breath test showed a blood alcohol contents of 0.19%.

EAGAN, Minn.–The mayor of Eagan is accused of driving drunk and crashing into a snowbank with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. Mike Maguire was arrested near his home Jan. 11 after police responded to a report of an SUV stuck in a snowbank. A criminal complaint says a responding officer smelled alcohol and noticed Maguire…

Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Police Squad Car

One person involved was taken to a hospital for their injuries.

LINCOLN, N.D.–Burleigh County sheriff’s officials have arrested a man for drunk driving after he rear-ended a police squad car. Authorities say a Lincoln police officer was completing a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Thursday when the patrol car was struck by a pickup truck. The 27-year-old driver then struck the vehicle which the officer had pulled over. The 29-year-old driver…

Families Impacted by Drunk Driver Awarded Over One Billion Dollars

Jason Morsette, is serving 25-years in prison for the accident.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A jury has awarded the families impacted by a drunk driving incident in 2015 $1,157,000,000 in past, future and non-economic punitive damages. The incident resulted in the deaths of Abby Renschler and Taylor Goven and left Shayna Monson critically injured. The amounts awarded to Renschler and Goven are to be provided to their families. The defendant, Jason Morsette, is…

Minnesota State Patrol: Halloween Worst Holiday for Drunk Driving Arrests

An average of four people are arrested per hour.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Over the past several years in Minnesota, Halloween has been the worst holiday period for drunk drivers–with an average of four people arrested per hour. State Patrol Lieutenant Gordon Shank says past history has shown that Halloween is a day when people make a bad decision and drink and drive, something that can cause death or serious injuries….

Driver Charged with DUI after Striking Cars at Auto Dealership

Some of the vehicles were heavily damaged.

FARGO, N.D.–A drunk driver was arrested after striking cars in the parking lot of a used auto dealership at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Sunday. Officers responded to the 1800 block of Main Avenue for a report of a vehicle hitting multiple cars in the parking lot of Altimate Auto Sales. Police located the driver, identified as 30-year-old Moses Yalartai, after…

Officers to Work Extra DWI Enforcement Shifts

Drunk-driving related crashes contributed to 84 deaths in Minnesota in 2018.

St. Paul, MN–Officers, deputies and troopers from more than 300 agencies will be working extra DWI enforcement shifts starting August 16 and running through September 2. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported a significant increase in drunk-driving related crashes that contributed to 84 deaths in Minnesota in 2018, the most since 2015. DPS also reported that nearly 27,000 drivers were…