Fiery Weekend Crash Ends in Drunk Driver Arrest

Golden Valley police arrested a 19-year-old resident after he crashed his car near Pennsylvania Woods Nature Area.

At 2:50 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, Golden Valley police and the Golden Valley Fire Department responded to an incident that occurred near Pennsylvania Woods Nature Area.

According to Golden Valley Crime Analyst Joanne Paul, a 19-year-old man was drunk and crashed his car on Pennsylvania Avenue North. The car crash resulted in a vehicle fire that spread to nearby grass and shrubs.

Police responded to the incident and arrested the man, who is a Golden Valley resident, on third-degree DWI charges. Golden Valley Fire Chief Mark Kuhnly said that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the car was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured during the arrest.

"There was damage to a small area of the park that was burned from the fire," Kuhnly said. "But nothing serious, and nothing that won't grow back."

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Michael Hindin October 31, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Drunk drivers should go to jail the first time they are caught. It usually isn't the first time they drove drunk. Current law allows 4 conviction in 10 years. That is too many chances to kill us or our loved ones. We need the equivelent of a drug court. At each arrest the driver should be taken to a medical facility for a blood draw. The blood sample would be used for the driver's defense at the disgression of the defense team. The physical evidence, field tests and drunkometer would be considered true unless the defense can use the blood test to prove otherwise. Court hearing wold be held on first business day to determine if there is a adequate case (like a grand jury) bail would be set and the trail would happen within a week.unless ter is a guilty plea. Any DUI Conviction would mean immediate jail time with few exceptions. Imagine how few people would risk their careers versus the cost of a cab. Would managers of certain famous quarterbacks allow them to drink and drive and spend the superbowl in jail? Would a business executive risk mising the yearly board meeting or the golf tournament. Ow about fioshing oener or hunting season in jail? Lose your jog? Better than one of us losing life or limb. Immediate jail with few exceptions would be a real deterrant to the current road slaughter.


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