MN State Trooper Charged with DWI in St. Louis County

By KBJR News 1

MN State Trooper Charged with DWI in St. Louis County

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A Minnesota State Trooper has been charged with DWI after he was arrested for allegedly driving while he was impaired.

Trooper Nick Morse of Two Harbors had reported for an in-service training session at the Minnesota State Patrol district office in Duluth on September 26.

Morse has been placed on investigative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal invesitgations.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Morse had driven his squad car from his home in Two Harbors to participate at the training at 8:10 a.m.

At the district office, a supervisor noticed Morse smell of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were administered and Morse was arrested by a State Patrol lieutenant.

Morse was transported to the St. Louis County Jail where he submitted to a breath test, resulting in an alcohol concentration of .08; the legal limit in Minnesota.

Morse was then booked into the jail and issued a citation for 4th Degree DUI.

Morse has been a state trooper since April of 2009. He has not been disciplined or has he received commendations as a trooper, according to the DOS.

"State troopers are dedicated to taking impaired drivers off the road, which makes this incident even more egregious and unacceptable," said Col. Kevin Daly, chief of State Patrol. "We don't tolerate impaired driving, regardless of who is behind the wheel."

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