DWI

Man With 28 DWI’s Sues Minnesota Department of Corrections Over Length of Custody

In a federal civil rights lawsuit, Danny Bettcher of New York Mills says he was kept in custody for several months beyond what's permitted

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. — The most notorious drunken driver in Minnesota history is suing the Department of Corrections. In a federal civil rights lawsuit, Danny Bettcher of New York Mills says he was kept in custody for several months beyond what’s permitted by state law. Bettcher says in court documents that he was not aware of the violation until an…

WE Fest By The Numbers: DWI’s Up, Crashes Way Down

Minnesota State Patrol says despite the heavy traffic they did not respond to or investigate any crashes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Arrests during the annual WE Fest near Detroit Lakes are common, but no crashes are unusual. Minnesota State Patrol says despite the heavy traffic they did not respond to or investigate any crashes. Troopers did stop more than 1,400 vehicles and made 24 DWI arrests. That is up sharply from 11 arrests during last summer’s festival….

Florida Man Arrested After Crashing Into Several Cars And High-Speed Chase On Highway 10

Deputies say 32-year-old Jireh Williams crashed into two vehicles and ran them off of Highway 10 in Hawley

CLAY CO., Minn. — A Sebring, Florida man is behind bars in Clay County after hitting several vehicles and leading authorities on a high-speed chase. Deputies say 32-year-old Jireh Williams crashed into two vehicles and ran them off of Highway 10 in Hawley on Tuesday night around 6:30. They found him heading east and going around 101 miles per hour….

West Fargo Woman Arrested On Suspicion of Drunk Driving After Two-Vehicle Crash

Minnesota state patrol says 21-year-old Mikaela Kujanson pulled in front of an SUV on Highway 59

OTTER TAIL CO., MN — A West Fargo woman was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after a two-vehicle crash in Otter Tail County Sunday night. The state patrol says 21-year-old Mikaela Kujanson pulled in front of an SUV on Highway 59 on Fish Lake Road around 9 p.m. Four people in the SUV, all from Detroit Lakes, were taken…

St. Paul Man Said He Was Speeding Because He Had To Go To The Bathroom

30-year-old Daniel Nunez is in the Becker County Jail.

DETROIT LAKES, MN (KFGO) – A St. Paul man faces drug and DWI charges after a traffic stop near Detroit Lakes where he told a state trooper that he was speeding because he had to go to the bathroom. 30-year-old Daniel Nunez is in the Becker County Jail. He was pulled over on Hwy. 59. The trooper says Nunez was…

Driver Charged With DWI After Hitting Amish Buggy

The sheriff's office says the car, driven by 38-year old Travis Rapatt, of New York Mills struck the Amish buggy from behind.

OTTER TAIL, CO. MINN. (KFGO) – An Otter Tail County, Minnesota man was arrested in connection with a crash involving a buggy Thursday night near New York Mills. The sheriff’s office says the car, driven by 38-year old Travis Rapatt, of New York Mills struck the Amish buggy from behind. There were four children on the buggy. One received minor…

Nearly 500 People Arrested For Drunk Driving During Long Holiday Weekend in Minnesota

There were four fatalities on Minnesota roads, three of which were alcohol-related

ST. PAUL, MN — A 37-year-old driver blew a point three-four blood alcohol content after a homeowner reported the driver was in their driveway and flashing the headlights on and off in Deer River, Minnesota. Officers also found an open bottle and a mixed drink in that driver’s vehicle. It was just one of 480 DWI arrests over the 5-day Thanksgiving…

Minnesota Law Enforcement Will Have Extra DWI Patrol Over Holiday Season

2,717 DWI arrests were made in Minnesota during the holiday season last year

MINNESOTA — Before you head out to celebrate the holidays, make sure you don’t drive drunk and turn joy into tragedy. Officers in Minnesota want to remind you to plan for a safe ride home and to have a backup plan as well. If you’re not drinking, offer to be a designated driver. Everyone should buckle up and report any suspected…

Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies are Doing Extra DWI Patrol

There are more alcohol-related crashes at this time of year

MINNESOTA– You may be planning some last minute summer activities, but make sure you’re also thinking about how you’re getting home. You’ll notice more officers on the road over the next few weeks in Minnesota. More than 300 state, county, and local law enforcement agencies will be helping to patrol the roads. “Even though this is something we’re always looking…