Man accused of driving go-kart while drunk

Published 10:45 am Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald

AUSTIN — A 25-year-old Austin man is in jail after trying to drive a child-size go-kart while drunk early Sunday in northeast Austin.

Police Chief Brian Krueger said an officer nearly drive into the suspect on the go-kart, which was stopped on the side of the road at Eighth Avenue and 10th Street Northwest at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

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The suspect told police he was “testing out” the go-kart and was celebrating the Lao New Year. The Lao New Year was on April 12.

Police noticed the suspect appeared drunk. They later found he had a revoked driver’s license and arrested him. Krueger said the man had a blood alcohol level of .10, which is above Minnesota’s 0.08 limit.

The man was taken to the Mower County jail on a gross misdemeanor second-degree DUI, driving after revocation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police took the Razor brand go-kart into custody.