Police in Eagan say that an alleged speeding offense turned into an investigation of a Minneapolis man for allegedly driving while impaired around 1:30 a.m. June 25. A police officer claims that the Minneapolis man appeared to be driving over the speed limit in the area of Cedar Avenue and Highway 13. The officer claims to have “paced” the suspect vehicle at 90 mph before conducting a traffic stop, according to a criminal complaint in Dakota County.
That alleged speeding violation grew to be much more serious during the traffic stop, as authorities have charged the 26-year-old driver with two counts of felony DWI, and one count of gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation- inimical to public safety.
The officer claims that the young man smelled of alcohol, and the officer apparently expanded the scope of the traffic stop to a DWI investigation. The officer says that the driver admitted to having one drink at an Apple Valley bar. Ultimately, the driver was arrested on suspicion of DWI and hauled in to take a breath test on one of Minnesota’s new machines, the DataMaster, according to the complaint. Authorities claim that the breath test machine accuses the driver of having a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent.
Dakota County officials say that the young man has at least three prior qualified impaired driving events in the past ten years. Authorities also claim that the young man’s privilege to drive was previously cancelled. This blog has previously discussed both the enhanceability of DWI offenses based upon prior qualified impaired driving events and the issues surrounding DAC-IPS charges.
The Minneapolis man accused of felony DWI reportedly is being held in the Dakota County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bond. His next court appearance is reportedly scheduled July 24 in Hastings.
Source: Eagan Patch, “Minneapolis Man Charged with Felony DWI in Eagan,” Betsy Sundquist, July 5, 2012