Saturday, February 20, 2016

Man arrested for suspected drunk driving had nine open bottles of alcohol inside his vehicle

A suspected drunk driver arrested on a road in Maple Plain, Minnesota, had nine open bottles of alcohol inside his vehicle, according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department.

West Hennepin officials say Nicholas Karnes, 27, of Eden Prairie, was arrested on Highway 12 on Wednesday after he failed sobriety tests. He blew a 0.24 on a breathalyzer test, which is three times over the legal limit.

He had also been clocked driving 63 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. In a social media post, West Hennepin Public Safety shared a picture of Karnes’ bottles and a message for whoever called 911.

“A big thank you to the concerned citizen who called 911 to report the drunk driver weaving all over the road.” Karnes has a previous DWI, West Metro Public Safety’s Sgt. Rick Denneson said, and so he faces a gross misdemeanor DWI charge and also could forfeit the vehicle involved in the incident.

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