A motorist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area reportedly told cops that Donald Trump's presidential win was to blame for an alleged drunk-driving-related, three-car accident that occurred on the evening after Election Day.
The Lino Likes Police Department in the suburban Twin Cities region posted the following information on its Facebook page.
"We heard a new excuse for driving over 4 times the legal limit and hitting two vehicles at a stop light Wednesday afternoon. The driver said, 'I am upset over the outcome of the election and you should let me go home.' It didn't work; the driver was arrested and booked for 3rd Degree DWI. Thank God injuries were minor."The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the suspect, "Elizabeth L. Lundberg, who turned 33 while in the Anoka County jail, is charged with gross-misdemeanor counts of criminal vehicular operation and third-degree driving while intoxicated in connection with the crash late Wednesday afternoon."
Added the Star Tribune about the woman may or not have been driven to drink by President-elect Donald Trump: "Despite Lundberg's slurred speech and failing to spell her name for police, according to the charges, she was able to articulate the motivation for her intoxication."The motorist told the Star Tribune after getting out of jail on Monday that she was just being sarcastic when she made a fleeting mention of the president-elect after asking if everyone involved in the accident in the other vehicles were okay.
She added that "I did not shed a tear when he was elected... I'm not really into politics, frankly." She also expressed surprise that cops would mention the Donald Trump excuse on Facebook and Twitter."The police report says she told officers she had two beers, but they found an empty bottle of vodka in her purse," CBS Minnesota noted.
Cops described the chain-reaction accident as a significant crash that required the deployment of airbags.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the accident.Regardless of whether she was drowning her sorrows or not over the presidential election outcome, the suspect apparently was not a candidate (as it were) to be behind the wheel on the evening in question, according to cops, NBC Minneapolis/St. Paul TV station KARE11 detailed.
"Police say Lundberg's speech was badly slurred, her eyes watery and bloodshot, and she seemed confused. She was argumentative, failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Lino Lakes police station. While attempting to give a breath sample, she reportedly lost her balance, grabbed the breath testing machine and broke it."
Among the 66 comments (so far) left at the Lino Lakes PD Facebook page, at least one user felt that the cops should have refrained from publicly highlighting the bust on social media.
"It's very unprofessional for a policeman/woman to talk about the people they are arresting to the general public. What was put more into question was why a policeman/woman would quote someone who is clearly incapable of articulating herself let alone stand. The woman was very regretful and admitted how horrible it was of her to drink and drive. She said she is not a political person and was being sarcastic with the Trump comment and saying they should let her go-- not funny, but she was drunk…. Another perfect example of how the media wastes time and distracts the public from the real news around the world and local."
Leaving aside this particular incident, many people across the country (if not around the world) are having a difficult time coming to grips with the electoral college landslide victory of Donald Trump in the November 8 presidential election in part because as it came as a big surprise to the poll-obsessed news media.
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