abc
QUICK LINKS:

Minn. Lawmakers Seek Tougher Penalty for Repeat DWIs

Updated: 03/18/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 03/18/2014 11:34 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A pair of Minnesota state Republican lawmakers wants the Legislature to strengthen the maximum penalty for repeat drunk-driver offenders.

Rep. Chris Swedzinski of Ghent and Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls appeared at a Tuesday-morning news conference with the parents of a 5-month-old boy whom a drunk driver killed in July 2012.

Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach Brad Bigler said he and his wife chose to advocate for a tougher law to protect others from suffering the same fate as their son, Drake.

The proposal would increase the maximum prison sentence to 15 years from 10 years for criminal vehicular homicide. It would apply to people who had a previous DWI offense within the past 10 years and caused injury to a person or property damage.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • Pride Parade is Twin Ports' Biggest Yet

    As hundreds gathered to watch the Duluth Superior Pride Festival's annual parade Sunday, many of those marching said it was moving to see such a wide base of support. 

  • 1 Injured in Crow Wing County Crash

    A Brainerd man was injured when he lost control of his car and crashed on Highway 210 near Riverton Sunday. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident happened just after 10 a.m. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

  • Storms Light Up Skies Over Lake Superior

    Storms moving across Lake Superior lit up the skies in Duluth on Sunday. WDIO Photographer Jamie Merideth captured the sight from West Skyline Parkway around 8:40 p.m.

  • Minnesota State Fair Sets All-Time Attendance Record Saturday

    The Minnesota State Fair experienced a record-breaking day on Saturday. Fair officials said 252,092 people attended, breaking the all-time record for the highest attended single day in the fair's history. As of Saturday, people visited the fairgrounds nearly 1.5 million times this year.

  • St. Paul Police Defend Officers in Stun-Gun Video

    The St. Paul police union is defending three officers caught on camera using a stun gun on a man who was sitting in a downtown skyway. The man said he did nothing wrong. Police say he refused "numerous lawful orders for an extended period of time."

 

Flood Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Cook
Expires: 9/1/2014 8:15 AM

Flood Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Iron; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 9/1/2014 6:30 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement