A Mankato news anchor, who received national exposure when a newscast she broadcast while ill went viral, has been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. In early December, the newswoman was ill at work and slurred her speech. Many people across the country believed the woman was drunk on the video, which made waves on the Internet and subsequently was shown on the David Letterman Show. The news anchor’s boss has informed the media that the anchor was ill and had a bad reaction to medication.
Last week, the newswoman was arrested for DWI near Mankato. Police claim they received a tip from an anonymous caller that a woman in a green Honda was leaving an apartment complex in North Mankato. The caller suggested the woman was under the influence.
Law enforcement responded to the area. The chief of the North Mankato Police says he followed a Honda for a period of time and claims the Honda driver was swerving as she travelled to Highway 14. He says he activated his lights and sirens after following the vehicle for some period of time. The chief says other drivers pulled over, but the driver of the Honda did not.
A Nicollet County deputy reportedly took over the pursuit of the Honda, which pulled over for the deputy. The woman was taken to a detoxification facility in New Ulm after the alleged incident. Police claim the woman was given a blood alcohol test roughly three hours after she had allegedly been driving near Mankato.
Law enforcement says the alcohol test shows the woman had a blood alcohol level of 0.23 percent. The alcohol test reportedly was taken at the New Ulm detox center when she arrived at the facility around 4:00 p.m. Dec. 21. She now faces DWI charges in relation to the allegations.
Source: Mankato Free Press, “Stensrud arrested for DWI,” Dan Nienaber, Dec. 22, 2011