A 30-year-old Minneapolis man faces felony DWI charges and a misdemeanor driving after cancellation charge after nearly striking a guard rail near the intersection of Highway 7 and Hampshire Avenue South shortly after 1 a.m. on April 25.
Troy William Angerhofer, of Minneapolis, was reportedly speeding along Highway 7 in a tan Buick LeSabre when he swerved over the right side fog line and narrowly escaped hitting a nearby guard rail. Officers followed the vehicle and report Angerhofer's vehicle continued to sway over the fog line before they initiated a traffic stop.
Angerhofer reportedly told officers he was driving home from Hopkins, though they report he smelled heavily of alcohol and was exhibiting both bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. When police asked him how much alcohol he'd consumed, Angerhofer allegedly stated "nothing."
Officers said they asked Angerhofer to exit his vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, noting he was unsteady and nearly fell over while exiting the vehicle. He allegedly failed the field sobriety tests and gave a portable breathalyzer test that read 0.244 BAC.
Angerhofer agreed to provide a sample of blood as part of implied consent and was transported to Methodist Hospital to collect it, according to police.
As subsequent investigation revealed Angerhofer had four qualified prior impaired driving convictions in the past 10 years—including two in 2012 and one in 2006. His license was previously cancelled out of concern for public safety.
Police also report Angerhofer is on probation for both DWI convictions with a condition of that probation being that he not consume alcohol.