DWI arrests down during holiday campaign

Fri 1-8-2021

(St. Paul, MN)  -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports 1,383 D-W-I arrests were made during the holiday enforcement campaign.  That is the lowest number in six years and almost one-thousand fewer than any holiday season since 2015. 

Officials believe the COVID restrictions on bars and restaurants contributed to the decline.  The Rochester area had the highest numbers in Greater Minnesota with 50 drunken driving arrests. 

Some of the notable incidents include Elk River police making two D-W-I arrests in one stop when the driver and passenger switched places,  a driver in Ely refusing a sobriety test on his way to plow a police officer's driveway,  and an impaired driver striking the back of a North Branch squad car, causing a concussion to the police officer.