A teenager is facing serious charges after a traffic stop in Northfield, Minnesota, late Saturday night. A police officer claims that he watched as the teen drove down Jefferson Parkway in Northfield. The officer claims that the car was weaving and moving erratically. Authorities claim that the teen pulled into a parking lot and hit a median. The teen is accused of getting out of the car to check underneath.
Law enforcement approached the 18-year-old in the parking lot, according to Northfield News. As police neared, authorities claim that the teen admitted that he was drunk. Police claim that the teen admitted sneaking into a bar to drink. But the legal issues grew much more complicated as the investigation continued.
Generally, a person under the age of 21 can face underage drinking and driving charges in Minnesota based upon any physical evidence of alcohol consumption present in the person’s body. As alcohol readings increase, the consequences can also increase.
The legal limit to drive under Minnesota’s DWI laws is 0.08 percent BAC. When an alcohol reading grows to 0.16 percent BAC, first-time offenders may need to install an ignition interlock device, if convicted of the DWI. A reading of 0.20 percent BAC or more is considered an aggravating factor in a DWI case, and can be used to enhance a DWI charge to a higher level of offense.
In the Northfield incident, police claim that the young man blew a 0.224 percent BAC alcohol reading. But, matters may be more serious as authorities claim that the young man was driving a stolen car. The teen appeared in Rice County District Court Monday and is currently being held in jail in Northfield.
Source: Northfield News, “Underage drunk driver arrested in stolen vehicle,” Carrie Swiggum, Sept. 23, 2013