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Bulldozer gets stuck in river; construction worker charged with DWI

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First your bulldozer gets mired in the mud of the Mississippi River. Then you get arrested and charged with drunk driving. That's a bad day.

Or in the case of Patrick James Sullivan a bad night.

A Winona County sheriff's deputy tells KAGE-AM authorities found Sullivan staggering toward a road in Dakota, Minnesota, a little after 2 a.m. Tuesday. Chief Deputy Don Ganrude tells the radio station Sullivan refused to take a breath test. He's now charged with test refusal as well as driving while intoxicated.

According to Ganrude, who also spoke with the Winona Daily News, Sullivan was working a night shift for Ames Construction on an Interstate 90 bridge project over the Mississippi. Sullivan was on Dakota Island using a P8R Caterpillar (like the one pictured here) to move sand that would be used in the project.

When Sullivan backed off the island and found his bulldozer was stuck in the river, he used a motorboat to get to shore near the town of Dakota. Ganrude says a resident called the sheriff's office to report a drunken man in the area.

The deputy tells KAGE Sullivan admitted drinking before he reported to work but denied consuming any alcohol on the job. And Ganrude tells the Daily News Sullivan's shift started at 4 p.m., which is about ten hours before he was arrested.

Chief Deputy Ganrude says Sullivan has seven previous DWIs on his record but only three are within the last decade.

Drunken bulldozing? Must be a first. Or not.

Two years ago the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on a man who was allegedly drunk when he used a bulldozer to destroy curbing, fencing, and landscaping at a housing construction site near Powder Springs, Georgia. The man, Cody Ray Gibbs, was charged with criminal damage to property.

Earlier this year, a 27-year-old Proctor man was accused of taking a Caterpillar excavator for a joyride up onto a Duluth sidewalk.

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