Holiday DWI arrests up

More than 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies made 2,757 arrests for drunk driving over the holiday period, Nov. 21-Dec. 29. This is nearly 4 percent more than last year’s 2,656 arrests.

Fifteen drivers were found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .30 or higher. The highest BAC, reported by the U of M (Twin Cities) police, was .424.

Among the incidents were:

• A woman arrested in Blue Earth County for DWI after she hit multiple guardrails and went into the ditch. Four days later, on Christmas Day, she was arrested again for DWI in Goodhue County.

• A driver arrested for DWI in Cross Lake, after being clocked at 108 mph.

• Two arrests by Minneapolis police: a man for his 11th DWI and a woman for her 12th. (Forum News Service)

Menahga snowmobiler dies

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Menahga man died around 7 a.m. Jan. 9 after his snowmobile crashed into a car.

Jesse Jones, 46, was driving his 2007 Polaris 440 in the ditch along Hwy. 71 south of Menahga when he tried to get his machine onto the shoulder of the highway. Instead, he ended up in the northbound lane and was hit by a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Andrew Vaverek, 30, of Browerville.

Jones, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Vaverek was uninjured. Assisting the State Patrol were the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota DNR. (Minnesota State Patrol report)

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