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Hennepin County Warrant Sweep Focuses on DWI Offenders

Updated: 12/17/2013 7:49 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 12:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office hit the streets in force Tuesday. They're making a major push to get people with outstanding warrants behind bars, with a special focus on DWI-related crimes.

One in seven Minnesotans has a DWI on record. This end-of-year sweep is to get the second and third DWI offenders off the streets.

"The grief just descends on you like you're in a make believe world," said Allie Niemann, whose son was killed by a drunk driver. "And my life has never been the same."

She spoke to the more than 70 officers and deputies gathering Tuesday morning before heading out into the cold on a warrant sweep throughout the metro. Her son was a deputy in Scott County when he was killed by a drunk driver in Plymouth in 2003.

They left to go door-to-door with more than 300 warrants in hand.

"We see the ongoing tragedy of this and it doesn't have to happen," said Jon Cummings.

Cummings' son was a designated driver the night he was killed by a drunk driver in 1994.

"They're going to go to their homes, they're going to go to their businesses, they're going to go to their friends homes and their parents homes," said Sheriff Rich Stanek about the sweep.

Those knocking on doors and sharing their stories say there's always a choice. It's just up to the driver to make the right one.

"Think about it before you get in the car," said Cummings. "Because you're betting everything for nothing."

The sweep goes through to the end of the year.

Phillip Cummings
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Jon Niemann
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

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