Law enforcement officials learned a man from Donnelly, Minnesota, was driving under the influence when he drove two different cars he mistakenly thought he owned, a complaint filed in Stevens County District Court alleges.
John Robert Bristle, 72, of Donnelly, drove another owner's 2007 Chevrolet away from DeToy's Restaurant in Morris on Nov. 4 while intoxicated, the complaint alleges. Bristle drove that car to the Morris Liquor Store where he left in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala that he also wrongly thought was his.
Bristle drove the 2008 Chevrolet to his home in Donnelly.
The owners of the tan 2007 Chevrolet Impala and the green 2008 Chevrolet Impala reported the vehicles as stolen at 3:58pm and 4pm. Both owners had left their keys in the car when Bristle drove away with them.
Officers found three sets of keys for the 2007 Chevrolet, the 2008 Chevrolet and his car in his pockets while at Bristle’s home.
Bristle's blood alcohol content was .212.
Bristle is charged with driving while impaired with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more within two hours of driving and third degree DWI and a misdemeanor charge of tamper with a motor vehicle without owner's permission.
Sorry, but if you leave your keys in the car, you're just begging somebody to steal it. Nobody to blame than themselves.
I can't imagine leaving my keys in the car.
That's Minnesota. If it's really cold, the engines were probably running, too.
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