MN State Troopers On Lookout For DWI ArrestsPOLK COUNTY, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Cops and state troopers are always on the lookout for DWI offenders, but now that the holiday weekend is in full swing, they're taking extra precautions. Reporter Melanie Orlins drove around with a Minnesota State Trooper Friday night to get a first hand glimpse of what they're looking for.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ
POLK COUNTY, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Cops and state troopers are always on the lookout for DWI offenders, but now that the holiday weekend is in full swing, they're taking extra precautions.
"We'll be stopping him. He slowed down to 65, see now he's really hitting the brakes, looked like a single-male driver. I couldn't tell if he had his seat belt on or not, I did see he was wearing his suit and tie," said Minnesota State Trooper, Luke Millette.
When Millette makes a routine traffic stop, he usually has a good idea if the driver has been drinking or if they're just in a rush.
"I do have to write you a ticket because that was a little fast," said Millette.
It's not everyday trooper Millette makes a DWI arrest, but he's always on the lookout.
"Weaving is a big one, people have a hard time keeping inside the lines when they've had too much to drink," said Millette.
They also look for glossy, red eyes. But, Millette says there's one thing that you just can't hide.
"It's hard to hide the smell," said Millette.
If he's suspicious, Millette administers the typical tests-checking eyes, walking the line and balancing on one leg.
"Arms at your side, I want you to hold that position until I tell ya to begin, do you understand that?" asked Millette.
After a Minnesota State Trooper completes a field sobriety test on an individual, they then do a PBT test to determine the blood alcohol content.
"For someone who has an empty stomach, and low body weight, you know 2 or 3 drinks can go a long way in getting you to that .08 limit," said Millette.
The trooper says drivers are getting smarter these days and making sure they have a designated driver.
"It does seem like they're getting harder to find lately," said Millette.
Officers say whether it's a busy holiday weekend or not, chances are if you drive drunk, you will get caught.
Minnesota was one of the last states to tighten from a 1.0 to .08 limit in 2005.