Rochester Teen Arrested for DWI, Pending Arrest Warrants
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 16-year-old Rochester boy for pending arrest warrants and suspicion of DWI early Friday morning.
Sheriff’s Captain James Schueller said a deputy was stopped facing east at the intersection Hwy. 14 and Broadway Ave. South shortly before 12:30 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle approaching from the rear at a high rate of speed. Schueller said the deputy's rear radar indicated the vehicle was traveling 67 mph in the 40 mph zone.
The vehicle entered a turn lane and proceeded south on Broadway and the deputy followed. The deputy then initiated a traffic stop in the area of 16th St. Southwest and Broadway Ave. South. The deputy said the driver shared he did not have a license.
The deputy verbally identified the boy and learned he had pending arrest warrants for 4th-degree criminal sexual conduct and 5th degree criminal sexual conduct. The deputy also reported the driver smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes.
Schueller said the boy was arrested and brought to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center for the arrest warrants and to ensure a secure area for the DWI investigation. A preliminary breath test indicated the boy had a blood-alcohol-concentration of .126.
Schuller said the arrest warrants were put out for the boy after he allegedly cut an ankle monitor he was ordered to wear as part of the criminal sexual conduct case and discarded it in a Rochester park last month. The deputies determined the boy was a threat to public safety and decided to hold him until he could appear in court, Schueller said.
Schueller said other juvenile detention facilities in the state were full and said the boy had to be supervised by a member of the sheriff’s office while being held in a secure room in the government center. Schuller called the arrest another example of authorities needing to keep a juvenile in custody but not having a place to hold them.
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