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Minnesota law officers make 424 St. Patrick’s weekend DWI arrests, up 28 percent

ST. PAUL -- Drunken driving arrests were up 28 percent over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Minnesota compared to last year.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said there 424 arrests from 6 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday, compared to 331 last year.

Of the arrests, 370 were made by the State Patrol, almost double over last year.

Grabow said the average on a weekend in Minnesota is 285.

“Way too many,” he said.

The increase was despite new efforts to encourage safe drives home through Uber, Lyft, buses and private companies that will even drive a person’s car home so it’s there in the morning.

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