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These Minnesota cities had the most drunk-drivers over the holidays

State officials have released the results from a DWI enforcement campaign.

The results are in, and the Golden Valley area of Minnesota saw the most drunk-driving arrests over the holiday period.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released the results of the DWI enforcement campaign that ran across the state between Nov. 21 and Dec. 29.

During that period, there were 2,757 arrested on suspicion of DWI, an increase on the 2,656 arrests during the same period in 2017, based on figures provided by more than 300 law enforcement agencies involved.

BMTN has compiled a list of the top 10 cities that saw the most DWI arrests, based upon the agencies that made the arrests.

1. Minnesota State Patrol, Golden Valley district – 199 arrests.

2. Minnesota State Patrol, Oakdale district – 177 arrests.

3. St. Paul Police Department – 121 arrests.

4. Minnesota State Patrol, Rochester district – 72 arrests.

5. Minnesota State Patrol, Duluth district – 59 arrests.

6. Minneapolis Police Department – 54 arrests.

7. Edina Police Department – 48 arrests.

8. Olmsted County Sheriff's Office – 43 arrests.

9= Blaine PD, Bloomington PD, Wright County Sheriff's office – 42 arrests each.

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DPS reveals the most serious offenders

The DPS has released some of the more serious DWI incidents over the enforcement period.

In Blue Earth County, a woman arrested for DWI hit multiple guardrails and crashed into a ditch. Four days later, on Christmas Day, she was arrested for DWI again in Goodhue County.

In Minneapolis, a man was arrested for his 11th DWI and a woman for her 12th, while in Minnetonka an officer's squad car was hit by a drunk driver.

In Cross Lake, a DWI driver was clocked at 108mph.

It's not all about drinking and driving either. In Mower County, eight of the nine DWI arrests were for drugs, not alcohol.

The blood alcohol (BAC) limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08 percent, but 10 agencies reported people being arrested with limits of .30 or higher.

The highest of these came from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Police Department, who pulled someone over who was more than 5 times over the limit at .424.

Nicollet County Sheriff's Office meanwhile stopped someone with a BAC of .377.

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