Minnesota man charged with 28th DWI

Minnesota man charged with 28th DWI

A Minnesota man has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated - for the 28th time.

Danny Lee Bettcher, of New York Mills, was charged with felony-level drunken driving and refusing to submit to a preliminary breath test on Thursday, according to the Star Tribune. He contacted the authorities after Bettcher allegedly left in his auto.

A New York Mills police officer then watched as Bettcher left the VFW, got into his vehicle and drove away, only to run a stop sign and swerve at 10 to 15 miles per hour on a 30 miles per hour road, according to WCSH6.

Bettcher refused to conduct a field sobriety test and had to put his hands on the squad auto to steady himself. According to Assistant County Attorney Jacob Thomason, Bettcher faces up to seven years in prison and five years on probation if convicted. A New York Mills police officer observed Bettcher exit the VFW, climb in a vehicle and leave, running a stop sign as he swerved onto Highway 10.

Bettcher previously served four years in prison for a drunken driving offense and has been ordered to treatment more than a dozen times, the newspaper said. Even after the officer's lights were activated, Bettcher drove on for 200 yards or so before pulling his vehicle over.

Megan Leonard, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, told the Tribune that Bettcher's ID was valid at the time - but that there is a pending move to revoke his license because he violated the no-alcohol restriction.

Bettcher had a valid, albeit restricted drivers license on him during the arrest. The officer asked for Bettcher's license and noted that it restricted him from drinking and driving.

"I am way over, take me to jail", he said at one point, according to charges.

After his 27th drunk driving arrest in 2010, Bettcher reportedly told the courtroom: "I drink to get drunk". He added that he suffered from PTSD related to his military service.

"I'm trying to get my life back on track before I am released", read the filing, written from prison in 2014.



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