There were extra officers, deputies and troopers out on Minnesota roads between November 22 and December 31, 2017 for their holiday DWI campaign and their efforts led to 2,656 DWI arrests.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, a total of 76 DWI arrests were made in Duluth by a combination of the Duluth Police Department and the Minnesota Highway Patrol.

The statewide drunk driving arrests included:

  • Fairmont Police Department: A driver arrested for DWI on Christmas Eve was arrested again on New Year’s Eve for DWI. Both times she was driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Minnesota State Patrol (Mankato): More than two hours after a driver was arrested for DWI, his passenger was arrested for DWI in the same vehicle. He was driving to the St. James Police Department to pick up his friend.
  • Minnesota State Patrol (Thief River Falls): One drunk driver was arrested while trying to pull another drunk driver out of a snowbank.
  • Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office: A driver was arrested after entering the Olmsted County Parks fishing area, hitting some rocks near the lake’s edge and going airborne into the lake.
  • Onamia Police Department: A driver was stopped for DWI while traveling with children ages 4 and 7 in the vehicle.
  • Onamia Police Department: A woman who was going more than 100 mph and sideswiped another vehicle was arrested for DWI after a preliminary breath test of .36.
  • St. Cloud Police Department: A driver who refused a breath test recorded a .24 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) the following day as he was about to appear before a judge.

With continuous social activities, plus Super Bowl parties on the horizon, everyone is encouraged to have a sober game plan.  You'll be seeing and hearing a lot of the above public service ad campaign in the upcoming weeks.