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Multiple citations for underage drinking given at Minnesota party

For many students -- both high school and college -- it is not uncommon to attend parties. Often, nothing more sinister than sugar overload occurs at these gatherings. However, police in Minnesota have recently cited multiple people for underage drinking after they received a report about a party.

Police say that they were called to a residence during the early morning hours of a day in early October. According to reports, a caller reported that there were approximately 30 people at the home; it is unclear who made the call. Police claim that they spoke with the homeowner upon their arrival at the scene and received permission to enter the residence.

Collision with Minnesota ambulances leads to drunk driving charge

When driving at night, it may be easy to become disoriented. A combination of lack of visibility and fatigue might make it easier to take a wrong turn, for example. Unfortunately, it may be easy for law enforcement officials to assume that an action that may be born from a simple mistake was actually the product of an illegal activity. In fact, a man in Minnesota was recently charged with drunk driving following a collision with an ambulance and a squad car.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early October. According to reports, a 27-year-old man was traveling south in the northbound lanes of a Minnesota highway. Reports claim that the man's vehicle sideswiped the northbound ambulance and squad car as they attempted to move out of its path.

Man faces criminal charges in Minnesota overdose death

There have likely been many people in Minnesota and across the country who have made mistakes in their lives. Unfortunately, some of these mistakes may have led to a criminal history. Once a person has been convicted of a crime, it may be easy for law enforcement officials to assume that he or she will commit other offenses. In fact, a man with some past convictions now faces criminal charges stemming from a fatal drug overdose.

The charges follow the death of a 19-year-old male whose body was discovered next to a set of train tracks on a day in early June. Police apparently believe that a 34-year-old man sold the deceased the drugs that led to his death. Reports claim that the older man also sold drugs to another man who overdosed but survived; that man allegedly spent three days on a ventilator as a result.

Drunk driving accusations follow collision with Minnesota deputy

Most everyone in Minnesota and across the country who has gotten behind the wheel of a motor vehicle has likely been involved or been close to being involved in a car accident. A collision can happen for a variety of reasons, including disorientation due to a lack of visibility or distraction. However, police claim that drunk driving was involved in a recent collision involving a sheriff's deputy.

The incident happened late one evening on a day in mid-September. According to reports, the deputy noticed a car headed toward him in the wrong lane of traffic. The deputy claimed that he activated his emergency lights and attempted to reverse to avoid an accident but says that he was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

2 Things You Should Know About Minnesota's DWI Laws

DWI laws have been in place for years. However, in August, Minnesota made a few changes to state mandates. Modifications were deemed necessary after the death of an eight-year-old boy as a result of being hit by a snowmobile. The man operating the snowmobile had his driver's license revoked due to the number of DWI offenses he had. What does the new law mean?

1. A DWI in a Recreational Vehicle Is Equal to a DWI in a Motor Vehicle

Minnesota man faces criminal charges in mother's death

Family dynamics can be complex. Often, when several generations of family members live together, there can be conflict. Unfortunately, a man in Minnesota who lived with his mother and grandmother now faces criminal charges following the former's death.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in early July. The 28-year-old defendant claims he had been drinking when he heard his grandmother calling for help. Emergency responders came to the house after receiving a report of a "person down." They performed CPR before transporting her to the hospital.

Criminal charges in Minnesota case of alleged insurance fraud

When a person is accused of a crime in Minnesota, he or she may have several courses of action available. Unfortunately, without legal training, the average person may be unsure about his or her options and their potential outcomes. Unfortunately, a woman who is now facing criminal charges as a result of a workers' compensation claim she allegedly made may be unsure of the best course of action for her individual case.

The case involves a woman who claimed that she was involved in a car accident while working for Rural Computer Consultants. According to reports, she allegedly submitted a police report and X-rays indicating that she suffered multiple broken ribs as a result of the accident. She is said to have received hundreds of dollars in workers' compensation as a result.

Minnesota horse-and-buggy crash leads to drunk driving charge

Drivers in Minnesota and across the country often experience difficult-to-predict circumstances as they drive on the roadways. While some of these may be easy to respond to, other unexpected obstacles, such as a horse and buggy in the road, may be more difficult. Unfortunately, police have now accused a man of drunk driving following an incident with a horse-drawn vehicle that resulted in a death.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in early September. According to the occupants of the horse-drawn vehicle, they were to the far right of the road when they were sideswiped by a motor vehicle. The contact allegedly caused the horses to startle and start running; the three occupants -- brothers -- were thrown from it. One of the brothers died.

Minnesota crash leads to vehicular homicide charge

A car accident can happen at any time of day and for a variety of different reasons. Under some circumstances, however, an accident can result in fairly significant criminal charges. In fact, a driver in Minnesota is accused of vehicular homicide, among other charges, following a fatal accident.

The incident happened at around 8 p.m. on a day in August. According to reports, police were notified that a person leaving a golf club might be intoxicated. The officer who responded to the call reportedly observed the vehicle driving across the fog line before crossing the centerline. However, when the officer initiated a stop, police say the 38-year-old man driving the vehicle sped away.

3 reasons people drink and drive

It is unlikely that anybody begins her or his evening with plans to drive home while intoxicated. Drinking and driving is rarely a conscious intention, but unfortunately, it is still a common occurrence. A number of reasons exist as to why people drink and drive, but all of them can have the same consequences if you are charged with a DUI, or worse, if you hurt yourself or another driver.

According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, over 2,000 people are injured each year in crashes involving alcohol. This makes alcohol a leading cause of injury and death in the state. Consider the following reasons why this is so, and do not fall prey to any of these false justifications for intoxicated driving: