Two men in Minnesota, ages 34 and 30, were recently accused of committing serious crimes, including drug possession. They have also been charged with driving while intoxicated. Their arrests for committing both felonies and misdemeanors occurred following traffic stops by Minnesota State police.
According to authorities, a police officer stopped the men's truck at a little past 10 p.m. on a Thursday when he noticed that no light was illuminating their license plate. The officer reported that the 34-year-old man's eyes appeared to be glossy and that he had slurred speech. After completing four sobriety tests, he reportedly failed three of them. Police reported that they also found drugs in his car, and the additionally learned that there was a warrant out for his arrest for a charge of domestic assault. Police ended up arresting the man at the scene of the traffic stop.
During this traffic stop, police stopped another motor vehicle and reportedly noticed that the driver of that vehicle was displaying quick body movements. His pupils were also allegedly slow in reacting. Authorities ended up arresting him as well after they found drugs in his motor vehicle.
The 34-year-old man now faces a charge of possessing at least 100 grams of methamphetamine, a felony in the first degree. He also faces a fifth-degree felony drug possession charge, as well as a charge of driving under the influence -- a misdemeanor in the third degree. His other charges include driving after having his license revoked and possessing drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old has been charged with possessing at least 10 grams of a drug, which is a third-degree felony, as well as drug possession. His additional charges include driving while intoxicated -- a fourth-degree misdemeanor -- and refusing to complete a urine or blood test, which is a third-degree misdemeanor. He is furthermore charged with the misdemeanor crimes of giving a fake name to a police officer and driving with a revoked license.
The men facing charges of felonies and misdemeanors have the right to go to trial to fight these charges. However, if the weight of the evidence that prosecutors plan to present to support their allegations appears to be strong, they may choose to seek to negotiate plea deals instead. In either case, an attorney will push for the best outcome for the client given the circumstances surrounding his case in Minnesota.