3 arrested for DWI in first weekend of campaign

Published 10:20am Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Albert Lea Police Department announced the results for the first weekend of enhanced drunken driving awareness.

Starting Wednesday evening, officers began visiting local bars distributing holiday DWI coasters and pamphlets on the consequences of getting a DWI.

Officers began their stepped up enforcement for the holidays with two officers specifically dedicated for traffic enforcement in apprehending impaired drivers on the night before Thanksgiving, typically one of the busiest nights for area bars.

Officers stopped 114 vehicles from Wednesday through Sunday, according to a news release. Of these vehicles stopped, three drivers were arrested for impaired operation.

Lisa Marie Newton, 41, of Madison Lake was arrested at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday after she struck a parked car near the intersection of Clark Street and Broadway. Newton was cited and released for fourth-degree DWI.

Heather Marie Rosas, 28, of Clarks Grove, was arrested at 2:22 a.m. Friday after she was stopped for driving without lights. Rosas was cited and released for fourth-degree DWI.

Kisti Ella Skaar, 37, Albert Lea, was arrested at 1:10 a.m. Saturday after she was stopped for speeding. Skaar was cited and released for fourth-degree DWI.

In addition to the above drivers being arrested, five drivers were cited for driving with an invalid license. Several additional drivers were cited for speed and other offenses.

The Albert Lea Police Department’s stepped up enforcement efforts will occur on weekends throughout the month of December.

“Plan ahead on your festivities,” said Albert Lea police Lt. Jeff Strom. “Make sure you have a sober ride home at the end of the night. Don’t leave it to chance.”

The Albert Lea Police Department has free designated driver gift cards available at the dispatch center at the Freeborn County Law Enforcement Center.