According to police, a Minnesota man who reportedly broke into the home of his ex-wife and took a block of cheese is facing DWI and other charges. In all, the defendant was charged with fourth-degree DWI, third-degree DWI and first-degree burglary. The first charge can lead to $1,000 in fines and 90 days’ jail time, while the third-degree DWI charge can lead to $3,000 in fines and up to a year imprisonment. The burglary charge is the most serious with a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.
Shortly after midnight on March 28, officers responded to a residence on the 6900 block of Sunrise Drive in Lino Lakes, according to the criminal complaint. The Forest Lake man had reportedly entered his ex-wife’s home through a back door and was seen taking food from the kitchen. The homeowner’s daughter reportedly called police after pushing the defendant out of the house.
Police officers found the man inside the garage of a neighboring home. After conducting a search, they reportedly discovered a block of cheese that the man had allegedly stolen from his ex-wife’s house. They say that he also smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking before driving. He submitted to a preliminary breath test, which reportedly revealed a BAC of .11 percent. However, the complaint says that the man refused to take another breath test at the police department.
The defendant in this case voluntarily told police that he had been drinking before he drove to his ex-wife’s house. Whether or not police have read a defendant’s rights to him or her, prosecutors might use statements that the person makes in court. If a DWI defense attorney shares a defendant’s concern about damaging statements that were made to police, the attorney might suggest a plea deal rather than a trial.