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Ask a Trooper 2.8.16


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: Is there anything on a driver’s license that tells a merchant/business whether someone has a DUI or on probation for a drinking violation?

Answer: If a person has three or more DWI arrests within ten years, or has four or more DWIs on their record, there is a notation placed on the back of their driver’s license (if they are eligible for reinstatement). It will generally state, “Restrictions: Any Use of Alcohol or Drugs Invalidates License.” See attached sample.

The restriction is placed on the license as a tool for law enforcement in case the license holder is stopped. This does not restrict that person from entering an establishment that serves alcohol, but establishments can set their own policies.

With the Super Bowl weekend fast approaching I urge you to make smart choices when it comes to celebrating. From 2010-2014, there were 945 people arrested for DWI in Minnesota during Super Bowl weekend. During that same time period there were 24 people killed on Minnesota roadways and more than 20% of those were alcohol related.

Always have a plan for a sober ride before you party or crash on a friend’s couch to avoid crashing on the road.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, Minn. 55901-5848. (Or reach him at Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)

Fillmore County Police Reports 2.8.16

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
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Chatfield Police Department Richard Donald Young Jr., 24, Dover, MN; 12/11/2015, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Steven Michael Current, 49, Stewartville, MN; 11/7/2015, Driving After Re ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
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On January 21, Tyler Scott Olson, 25, of Rochester, Minn., appeared before District Court Judge Carmaine Sturino. Olson is charged with Simply Robbery, a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of ten years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both, and Th ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Cedric Wayne Betts, 51, Wykoff, MN; 9/10/2015, Assault – 5th Degree – Fear of Bodily Harm or Death, Fine $50, Total Fees $140. Local Confinement – 9 days. Serve as: weekends. Three weekends must be done ..... 
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Ask a Trooper

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: Is it illegal to coast in neutral? Answer: It is not illegal, however it was at one point. The 1937 law stated, “Coasting.  The driver of any motor vehicle when traveling upon a down grade shall not coast with ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 1.25.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I have a former foreign exchange student coming to visit us here in Minnesota. He wanted to know what the requirements are for driving in our state and using his foreign driver’s license. Answer: This is a good question and can depend ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 1.25.16

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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Chatfield Police Department Chase O. Rea, 20, Union, KY; 12/6/2015, Speeding – Exceed Limit 30 mph – Urban District, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Senthil Kumar Arumugam, 32, Richfield, MN; 11/7/2015, Speedi ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 1.18.16

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Jon Gregory Anderson, 50, Rushford, MN; 10/10/2015, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. William Joseph Brunn, 53, Blaine, MN; 10/25/2015, Speeding (65/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $ ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 1.18.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: I read your response in the paper about flashing lights on funeral vehicles, and I have a related question. We live in the country, and the end of our driveway is a U.S. Highway. Can I mount a flashing warning light of some kind on my pi ..... 
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