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River Falls man picked up for sixth DWI

A 47-year-old local man was stopped for speeding and tailgating late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16, near North Main and Union streets.

The arrested officer said the northbound male driver was confused and reeked of alcohol. The driver said he had nothing to drink.

Field sobriety and preliminary breath tests seemed to give a different answer and the man was arrested. Records show he had been convicted of drunk driving five times in the past.

He refused to give a blood sample at the hospital. Officers had to find and get a circuit court judge’s approval for a search warrant to force the blood sample.

Afterward the man was taken to county jail in Hudson.

His case will be tried as felony Sept. 24 in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

River Falls police also:

--Arrested two local teenage boys for shoplifting backpacks from ShopKo late Friday afternoon, Aug. 15. One boy allegedly had the stolen backpack stuffed in his pants which were falling down as he tried to walk out of the store.

There is more in Police Beat, in the Aug. 21 print issue of the River Falls Journal.