KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud was three times over legal alcohol limit after arrest

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No one's laughing all that hard now.
Although neither internet celebrity anchor Annie Stensrud nor her home station KEYC ever confirmed or denied that she was drunk in a broadcast that went viral on YouTube, the latest developments in her story do not look good.

About a week ago, Stensrud was pulled over and arrested for a "probable cause DWI." That kind of language was about as ambiguous as the non-denial-denial that Stensrud released after her viral broadcast.

Now the sheriff's department has released the results of Stensrud's blood alcohol test and it's not pretty.

Stensrud became the target of national derision after a YouTube clip of her weekend opener showed her slurring badly through several stories, before the station took a break and she disappeared for the rest of the show. Stensrud later released a statement saying she'd been ill and on medication, but did not say directly that it was cause of her behavior.

Last week, Stensrud was pulled over on Highway 14 after a caller reported a possible drunk driver and described the car. According to the Mankato Free Press, Stensrud refused to take a breathalyzer and was forced to submit a urine sample instead. The results showed a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit of .08.

The paper reports that she'll be in court in early 2012.

Although there has been complete silence from the anchorwoman and her station on the status of her employment, Station Manager Dennis Wahlstrom commented on a Media Bistro blog entry about the test results initially titled "KEYC Tremendous Amount of Support for Anchor Annie Stensrud After DUI":

I must take exception to your article saying that our anchor/reporter received a tremendous amount of support AFTER her alleged DUI. This was a statement after the initial situation on air. I have not had a comment since that time. Please correct your story as it is very misleading.

Dennis Wahlstrom
VP and General Manager

Oh dear.

While her situation seems to have gone from bad to worse, at least online detractors seem to have switched from mocking her to hoping she gets whatever help she needs.

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My wish for Annie is that she doesn't let this defeat her. Many of us have done stupid things while intoxicated. Few of us have been put on a national stage. I hope she straightens things out and becomes the comeback story that we all would want for her.


While this woman may need help, it is also a reminder of how out ofcontrol the MADD-supported temperance movement is.  I like to have afew drinks at the local bar and I drive.  I drive better with a fewdrinks in me than most people drive sober--I don't have a cell phoneor text, aside from the 8-track, I have no other "entertainment"devices in my car and I obey traffic rules.  Still, the police lookfor any reason possible to stop people and submit them to alcoholtesting as if they were the WCTU.  .08 is a ridiculously lowlimit--while I would not drive at.24, I regularly hit .12 and I candrive fine at that limit.  I have proven it repeatedly.  Yet thosehand wringing nanny-staters will do anything possible to drive revenueup and kiss up to MADD.


you may think you can drive "fine" and in many situations you will make it home-but the physical effects of alcohol on reaction time is a fact-in an emergency situation your reaction time is impaired. And unless you 100 lbs a few drinks will not put you over.-it takes 5 drinks or beers in one hour to put a 100 lb man at .08. And the USA has some of the most liberal DWI laws in the world-most of Europe is at .02 to .05. And no one is telling you not to drink-just don't drive. If you cannot figure out how to get home after drinking without driving maybe you shouldn't drink.

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