Law enforcement warned Minnesotans that they'd be out looking for drunken drivers during a late-summer enforcement and education 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. Among them included three teenagers and two people in their 30s.
Of those who were arrested, the most egregious case was a driver who was stopped in St. Paul and found to have had a blood-alcohol concentration of .396, nearly four times the legal limit of .08 percent.
Police also stopped a mother 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 back in June during a 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 drunk drivers are certainly scary for anyone who shares the road with those who make poor decisions,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “We know the efforts by law enforcement during our campaigns certainly make a difference in saving lives.”
St. Paul Police logged the most arrests with 47, followed by Minneapolis (42), Bloomington (26) and 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.