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Brothers ditch bar tab, try to high tail it out of town

A 27-year-old rural River Falls man was buying shots and drinks for himself, his brother and patrons at The Corner Saloon, 128 N. Main St., last week. Then he allegedly tried paying a $95 tab with a bad credit card. The card was put back on the bar counter. He grabbed it and allegedly raced out with his brother. A bartender followed, shouting for him to pay up and not to drive because both were drunk.

This was before 2 a.m. last Thursday, June 13. River Falls police were called to find the suspects in a speeding black pickup truck.

Officers tracked the truck going very fast and on the wrong side of the road on South Wasson before the driver pulled over crookedly by a curb.

The 27-year-old credit-card suspect, the passenger, was said to be pretending to sleep. The other man, age 25, the brother and the driver, could hardly stand.

The latter was cited for drunk driving and unreasonable speed. At the police station his blood alcohol count allegedly tested at .248.

The brother with the bad credit card was given a $177 citation plus restitution costs for defrauding The Corner Saloon.

Afterward the adult brothers couldn't find a ride home. They were given a courtesy ride by police to their grandmother's.

For more, please see Police Beat in the June 20 print edition of the River Falls Journal.