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Man Arrested For DWI Had 9 Open Liquor Bottles, Officers Say

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A suspected drunk driver arrested on a Maple Plain road had numerous open alcohol containers inside his vehicle, according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department.

West Hennepin officials say Nicholas Karnes, 27, of Eden Prairie, was arrested on Highway 12 Wednesday after he failed sobriety tests. He blew a 0.24 on a breathalyzer test, which is three times over the legal limit.

He had also been clocked driving 63 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone.

In a social media post, West Hennepin Public Safety shared a picture of Karnes' nine open alcohol bottles and a message for whoever called 911.

"A big thank you to the concerned citizen who called 911 to report the drunk driver weaving all over the road. 'Everyone' working together we can make highway 12 safer."

Karnes has a previous DWI, West Metro Public Safety's Sgt. Rick Denneson said, and so he faces a gross misdemeanor DWI charge and also could forfeit the vehicle involved in the incident.

Nicholas Karnes
(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)
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