Mail carrier charged with DWI after crashing into stop sign


A mail carrier was charged with a DWI after a FedEx driver saw her crash into a stop sign, according to reports.

Mary Sweet, 59, was arrested Friday around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Excelsior Boulevard and Clear Spring Road in Minnetonka, according to the police arrest report.

She's been charged by the Minnetonka City Attorney's Office with third-degree driving while impaired and refusal to submit to a chemical test, the Hennepin County Jail log shows.

A preliminary breath test showed Sweet had a blood alcohol level of .297 – more than three times the legal limit of .08, the Star Tribune reports, but she refused a secondary blood-alcohol test, reports note.

Minnetonka Police Chief Jeff Sebenthaler told KARE 11 a FedEx driver saw the postal truck swerving down the road and followed it. That's when Sweet nearly hit another vehicle before crashing into a stop sign, reports note.

Sweet has been with the U.S. Postal Service since May 2014, Pete Nowacki, a spokesperson for USPS, told BringMeTheNews. 

A statement from the Postal Service called the allegations against Sweet "very concerning" and "don't represent the values of the Postal Service organization and will not be tolerated."

Sweet has been placed on "non-duty status pending the outcome of the investigation," the statement continued, adding the Postal Service "will take all appropriate actions based on the results of the investigation to ensure that the integrity and values of the USPS organization are upheld."

Sweet, who was released from custody on Monday, is expected to appear in court on May 23, according to jail records.

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