KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud arrested for DWI

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Annie Stensrud can't catch a break.
Annie Stensrud, the Mankato CBS-Fox affiliate reporter whose "drunk broadcast" went viral on YouTube was arrested last night for a DWI. According to Nicollet County Sheriff Dave Lange, Stensrud was stopped after someone called to report a possible drunk driver.

The arresting deputy didn't know it at the time, but he was about to pull over the internet's most famous slurring reporter.

Stensrud has been conspicuously absent from the air since the fateful broadcast earlier this month when she stumbled and slurred her way through several stories, before getting cut-off. Although neither Stensrud nor the station ever formally addressed whether or not she was drunk, everyone basically assumed she was.

Stensrud released a statement implying that medication and illness were the cause of her "terrible" performance, and was otherwise silent with the exception of a short post earlier this week on her Facebook page:

Thank you everybody for your words of support:) I hope to see you all as soon as possible!

Then last night, an anonymous caller tipped off Mankato Police that a vehicle was driving erratically and the driver might be drunk. The caller described the vehicle, and a Nicollet County Sheriff's deputy pulled it over on Highway 14. Stensrud was at the wheel.

According to Sheriff Lange, Stensrud was arrested for "probable cause DWI" and brought into the county jail. She was not held, nor did she have a mugshot taken, and no charges have been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

"Our results are still pending," says Lange.

Still, that's mighty rough going for a small town reporter who made the big time in such an utterly mortifying way. It appears that the station has scrubbed Stensrud's original broadcast from YouTube, however you can still catch David Letterman's Top-Ten send-up below, which includes chunks of her performance:



Previous coverage:
KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud breaks silence on her "drunk broadcast" [VIDEO]



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Srub
Srub

She was caught days later drunk DUI

Joe_Adams
Joe_Adams

The first incident might really be just as a result of her medication but how would she explain the second incident - the DUI incident wherein a .23 alcohol - blood content was seen in her urinalysis test.

Sparky
Sparky

In the interest of full and honest disclosure (something new for VVM/CP), I would like to see the 'criminal', driving, and credit histories of each VVM/CP employee posted twice yearly.

VVM/CP has their moments of good journalism, but when the publication degenerates into simple nasty snarkiness we need to see the credentials/qualifications/behavior of those who report and judge others.

John S
John S

Enough already with the pile-on of Annie Stensrud. She's the weekend anchor/reporter at the CBS/FOX affiliate in MANKATO, MINNESOTA. What lofty perch do you wish to knock her off? While DUI is no joke I'm sure anyone over 40, with career aspirations, wakes up one day and realizes that they've only made it to Mankato and feels the same way.

AK
AK

She was actually arrested around noon, not in the evening.

Black Kettle
Black Kettle

Nothing funnier than City Pages calling out another journalist with a bunch of what if's and maybes. I'd rather hear the news from a drunk person.

Joe_Adams
Joe_Adams

That's embarrassing. Hopefully people would still see her as a credible writer and not an incredible drunk driver.

John
John

Alcoholism is a disease and she could be struggling right now. While this may all seem funny on the outside, her and her family are probably not having the best holiday weekend. Best of luck Annie, some of us out here know what it's like. 

Nada
Nada

"Although neither Stensrud nor the station ever formally addressed whether or not she was drunk, everyone basically assumed she was." -- Who is "everyone" in this sentence? Everyone watching? Everyone in Mankato? How would the reporter know? Journalism doesn't get any sloppier than this--slopping right into libel territory.

Hoppenator1
Hoppenator1

Keyc is the worst station out there! My husband and father were duped into thinking they were going to be part of a Heritage Fest story, but were actually shown in the segment on drinking and driving on the rise in the county. They opened the news with them drinking a beer and launching into the drinking and driving story. Totally unprofessional, unethical, and mortifying for my husband who had a job working with minors in Mankato. Shamless stunt!

cervixponder
cervixponder

lol okay so was she drunk or not ????  probbable dui ?  lol 

Darling
Darling

Who you gonna call? The Journalism Police? It's a free market buddy, start your own publication.  Maybe you can call it Sparky's Honorable Ethical Non-Snarky Credentialed Blog Big Bucks Newspaper

Roy
Roy

Hahahaha. I live in Mankato and I have to admit even this gave me a chuckle.

Darling
Darling

Silly, the Metro Area now encompasses the entire State of Minnesota, we are all one in the same.  In fact I sometimes take staycations in Mankato. 

Letterman
Letterman

Looks like you would have to go after Letterman for libel first. 

And if you wanted to conduct a controlled study, I bet you could show that clip to 100 adults and 95 would conclude that she was likely drunk while the remaining 5 would think she was likely high. There is just a certain way in which intoxicated humans behave, you know saying things like ""They felt three ways for Christmas...parents and grandparents" over some speaking in a pre-taped piece. Tell folks that the reporter was just arrested for a DUI before showing the clip and you would be right at 100% interpreting her slurring, mistakes, mispronunciations as drunkenness or in other words "everyone."

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