Yes, you can be DWI on a snowmobile…

21 Jan

…or an ATV, a motorized scooter or, as has been blogged previously, a recliner, if motorized.  A Stearns County, Minnesota man is being charged with felony DWI for being too impaired to operate his snowmobile.  http://www.startribune.com/local/80717667.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUac8HEaDiaMDCinchO7DU; http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=834722; http://www.sctimes.com/article/20100105/NEWS01/101050053/Snowmobiler-arrested-after-chase.

Operating any motorized vehicle while impaired falls under the prohibitions found in the Minnesota DWI statutes, https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169A, and in this case it will lead to felony charges.  Because the snowmobile operator in this instance had three prior offenses within a ten year period, he will be charged with a felony-level DWI, and perhaps felony fleeing as well, given his alleged attempt to escape police pursuit.  In addition, his snowmobile is subject to forfeiture as a result of the felony-level DWI charge.

Entry by Ryan Wood. Ryan is an associate in the litigation section at Thomsen & Nybeck and practices in the areas of criminal law and general civil litigation.  Ryan has a wealth of varying experience in the field of criminal law as a prosecutor in multiple jurisdictions, and as a defense attorney handling adult, felony, white collar and juvenile matters.  He also has experience in complex civil litigation.  Ryan has directed cases through mediations, arbitrations, jury trials and the state and federal appellate courts, including oral argument, and has handled literally hundreds of court trials.  Ryan’s public service experience includes authoring materials for and lecturing at Continuing Legal Education and training seminars, serving as a law clerk to a Minnesota District Court judge and also serving as a staffer in the United States Senate.

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