More than 400 arrested for DWI in Labor Day drunk driving crackdown


Some 462 people in Minnesota are probably regretting the way they spent their Labor Day weekend.

That's how many were arrested during the state's increased drunk driving patrols over the holiday, according to the latest figures from the Office of Traffic Safety.

It was part of a coordinated crackdown that started last month and ran through Labor Day, combining the efforts of some 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota; however, the 462 arrests occurred just during the three-day weekend.

What's more, they far outstripped DWI arrests last year, when 395 people were busted on suspicion of drunk driving.

The previous weekend, officers arrested 448 people for DWI.

Though drunk driving fatalities have declined somewhat since 2010, public safety officials say alcohol remains the leading cause of death on state roads. The ramped-up enforcement was aimed at curtailing that.

Attack in Chisago County

One of those weekend arrests brings with it the possibility of charges far more serious than DWI.

The suspected drunk driver is facing assault charges after slamming into and attacking an elderly man near Rush Lake on Sunday night, KSTP says.

According to the station, after the suspect crashed his car into the other, he got out of his vehicle and proceeded to beat the other driver, and 83-year-old man, with his fists and a baton. The victim said in an interview, "I couldn't talk to (the suspect); it's like he was crazy."

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