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Wrong way highway driver: ‘If you say so’

River Falls police stopped and arrested a 26-year-old New Richmond woman for drunk driving after she was allegedly traveling south in the northbound lanes of the Hwy. 35/65 bypass.

She was pulled over as the four lanes of divided highway narrow to two lanes. This was after 1:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1.

The woman told an officer she didn’t know why she had been stopped.

Told that she was going the wrong way, she allegedly replied: “I don’t think I was doing that, but if you say so.”

She was given field sobriety tests on the highway shoulder under the glare of a spotlight before her drunk driving arrest.

Police also:

--Arrested a 63-year-old St. Paul man for drunk driving-3rd offense around 3 a.m. Friday, May 2, after he had crossed the North Main Street bridge above Hwy. 35 N.

Officers were searching for a new model Jeep said to be all over the road on Hwy. 35. The Jeep was finally found next to Gilby’s Street Department motorcycle repair shop, 1567 Sullivan Court, with its lights out.

Suddenly the headlights came on and the Jeep shot out. A police officer said he had to swerve onto grass to avoid a head-on collision.

Two squad cars gave chase before the St. Paul driver pulled over. He couldn’t say why he had stopped at Gilby’s with his lights out.

A Maple Grove, Minn., male passenger said the two men had come to Wisconsin to try to “find ladies.” The 2014 Jeep, he said, was a rental from his girlfriend’s friend.

Police also found a discarded window punch on the shoulder near where the Jeep was stopped.

Back at Gilby’s, at least one window was found spider cracked, possibly from someone using a tool like a window punch. The Gilby’s incident was being treated as a possible burglary attempt.

The St. Paul driver was taken to county jail in Hudson.

--Arrested a 39-year-old local man for domestic disorderly conduct in the 200 block Sylla Street after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Three women, two men and a child were at this address. There had been a gathering with drinking.

The 39-year-old man was taken to jail for allegedly beating up his cousin. Why? He claimed to catch this cousin kissing his wife in the garage.

The cousin was found in the street, lying inside his locked car, very drunk and possibly passed out. He later said the man was just paranoid about his wife kissing him.

There is more in Police Beat in the May 8 print edition of the River Falls Journal.