Law enforcement warned Minnesotans that officers would be out looking for drunken drivers during a late-summer enforcement campaign, and they found 1,513 of them.
Five deaths attributed to alcohol-related crashes occurred during the campaign, which ran from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. Those killed were three teenagers and two people in their 30s.
Of those arrested, the most egregious case involved a driver who was stopped in St. Paul and found to have had a blood-alcohol concentration of .396, more than four times the legal limit of .08 percent.
Police also stopped a woman who was driving drunk with her 10-year-old daughter in the car; a minor with a blood alcohol concentration of .243 percent; and a repeat offender who had been cited during a June sweep, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Another driver was caught going 126 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit was 70.
“The stories you hear from officers, troopers and deputies about drunken drivers are certainly scary for anyone who shares the road with those who make poor decisions,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director.
St. Paul Police logged the most arrests with 47, followed by Minneapolis (42), Bloomington (26), Rochester (25), White Bear Lake (23), St. Cloud (22) and Mankato (20).
A similar campaign last year around Labor Day resulted in 1,340 arrests.