More than 200 stopped during patrol
Officers from five law enforcement agencies stopped more than 200 drivers and pedestrians and issued 153 tickets as part of a concentrated alcohol patrol in the Winona and Houston area last weekend.
Lt. Randy Slinger of the Minnesota State Patrol said the focus was on impaired drivers and underage drinkers. Slinger said a total of 17 additional shifts were worked Friday and Saturday night in Houston and Winona counties for the special Operation Night CAP patrol.
Slinger said 213 drivers and pedestrians were stopped; and 153 tickets were issued, including 10 for open bottle, five for no insurance, and one for driving after revocation. Nine people were arrested for driving while impaired, and two vehicles were seized for forfeiture. Officers also arrested seven people on outstanding warrants. Slinger said 51 minors were issued tickets for underage consumption of alcohol in Winona on Saturday night. Officers also issued 114 warnings.
NightCAP is a federally funded program in which the State Patrol and local law enforcement work together to target motorists operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Also participating in the concentrated patrol were the La Crescent and Winona police departments and the Houston County and Winona County sheriff's departments.