ST. PAUL, Minn. - It was a busy start to the new year for Minnesota state troopers as they cited 25 motorists for DWI.
State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says the arrests were made between 6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Roeske reported on the patrol's Twitter account that there were no fatal accidents related to alcohol during that time period, marking the fifth straight New Year's Eve that Minnesota has been DWI death-free.
A crash in north central Minnesota just before 5 p.m. did claim the life of a 27-year old man from Bigfork. The State Patrol website says Samuel Deotis was at the wheel of a vehicle that was struck by a semi trailer truck while making a left turn on State Highway 6 near Deer River in Itasca County.
A 24-year-old female passenger in the vehicle is hospitalized in critical condition. At this point investigators aren't sure if alcohol played a role in the crash.
Preliminary numbers say Minnesota ends 2012 with just under 380 fatalities on their highways. That number marks an increase from 2011.
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