ST. CLOUD, Minn. - It was one of those "you can't make it up" weekends at the Stearns County Jail with one man arrested for DWI twice within 21 hours and a woman arrested for DWI when she came to the jail to pick up her husband, who also had been arrested for DWI.
Samuel William Ness, 20, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Waite Park after an officer saw him driving 66 mph in a 40-mph zone, according to Police Chief Dave Bentrud. Ness was booked for investigation of DWI at the jail and was released at about 7 a.m.
A Sartell officer arrested Ness 17 hours later after police received a driving complaint and spotted Ness driving near Morning Glory Avenue and 15th Street South, according to Police Chief Jim Hughes. Ness was booked back in to the Stearns jail for investigation of a second DWI within 21 hours.
Also last weekend, a couple was arrested about three hours apart for DWI in separate, but related, incidents.
Dale Allen Bidinger, 52, was arrested Friday night at 7:40 on suspicion of DWI. About three hours later his wife, Carol, drove to the jail to pick him up.
The sheriff's department suspected she also had been drinking and had her perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, according to St. Cloud police Sgt. Jason Burke.
The sheriff's office requires people who are picking up released inmates to be sober, so they asked Carol Bidinger, 52, to take a breath test. She tested over the legal limit for driving and also was arrested, Burke said.
It is somewhat unusual to have someone arrested twice in a 24-hour span for separate DWIs, Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said. But having someone arrested for DWI who is supposedly a sober driver picking up an inmate who was just arrested for DWI is more common than most people would think, the sheriff shared.