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Police say cabbie was driving drunk

A Rochester taxi driver whose blood-alcohol level was allegedly 2 1/2 times the legal limit was arrested Saturday night, according to police.

The 59-year-old driver pickup up a group of people at Rochester International Airport and drove them to the city, according to Capt. Brian Winters. The passengers told him to drop them off at a parking lot in the 200 block of Ninth Street Southeast after they noticed the odor of liquor and that the cab was weaving, he said.

Police arrived at the parking lot about 8:15 p.m. and arrested the driver after a preliminary breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent, Winters said. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08 percent.

The Post-Bulletin generally does not name suspects until they are charged.

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