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Drunk Driver Hit’s Patrol Car


Thanksgiving morning, State Trooper Sam Catlin was making a drunk driving stop along Highway 52 near Rochester. A speeding car being driven by a Rochester woman hit his sitting patrol car. The driver was cited for 3rd degree DWI and authorities say more charges could follow.

These are officers who are on the roads doing their jobs. Protecting society and doing their work in full uniform with lights going. I have had the honor on a number of occasions to represent some of Minnesota’s finest. Usually, they are hit by cars going too fast and not giving them the room they need.

Minnesota law requires all cars to move over one lane when emergency vehicles are on the road. It’s pretty simple to keep those actions in mind. While the law doesn’t directly require a reduction in speed , it’s the safe thing to do and it is taking into consideration the conditions at the time.

If it’s wintry weather and the emergency vehicles are dealing with a car in the ditch, consider for a minute how the car got there. It’s probably a case of the road itself being especially slippery in the very same area. A couple of times a year, we will be involved in layered car accidents where one car hits another and within the next ten minutes, two or three more impacts take place. A good look out and slowing down will make a difference. Also if you are in an accident, make sure you clear yourself and all passengers away from the dangers of oncoming cars.


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    Alcohol it’s not a gateway drug you can’t get any higher than when you’re totally slobber faced drunk! And it’s legal so the collateral damage is acceptable in the eyes of the media.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    I don’t see that. The person will be charged and most likely convicted for what happened. Assuming from your name that you are advocating for Pot, seems that there are a lot of changes ahead. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.