Kevin Tegtmeier arrested for 14th DUI, called "menace to society"

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Tegtmeier faces a felony charge after his 14th DUI arrest.
Kevin Tegtmeier, 60, just can't stop drinking and driving.

Since 1987, Tegtmeier has been convicted of drunk driving in the counties of Anoka, Stevens, Clearwater, and Clay. And that's just in Minnesota. In North Dakota -- Tegtmeier now resides in West Fargo -- he's had at least five DUI arrests within the last seven years.

Tegtmeier was arrested once again last Friday night in Fargo after an officer noticed smoke billowing from under his car. Turns out his car's license plates were frauds -- Tegtmeier's license is suspended -- and a breathalyzer revealed that his blood alcohol was .251, more than three times the legal limit.

Tegtmeier could face five years in prison after being charged with felony DUI. He has 13 previous DUI convictions. Cass County Judge Wade Webb set his bail for $15,000 -- the highest ever DUI bail in the judge's history -- and ordered Tegtmeier to submit to twice-daily alcohol testing as a condition of pretrial release.

During yesterday's arraignment, prosecutor Cherie Clark said she believes Tegtmeier is "a menace to society."

"The only way to stop this gentleman from drinking is to keep him in custody" or make him submit to the twice-daily tests, she said.

A warrant for Tegtmeier's arrest was actually active at the time of last Friday's incident. According to the Fargo Forum, in December, he was cited for driving without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a license, but he never showed up in court, prompting authorities to issue a warrant for his arrest in March.

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They should just take his car or put in a IID. AAA says they are the best.

A new study by AAA reveals that nine out of ten drivers consider drinking and driving a threat to their own safety on the road and a whopping 97 percent find drinking and driving an unacceptable practice. Eight in ten drivers go as far to say that they would support legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all those who are convicted of drinking and driving, including first-time offenders.

“Evidence clearly shows that IIDs are more effective than other methods at reducing re-arrest among convicted drunk drivers and keeping them off the road,” AAA President and CEO Robert Darblenet said in a statement.


If you lose a license from drinking, the car should temporarily be confiscated and used for a sober taxi service until your licence is reinstated.  Then when you get your car back, it smells like puke and urine.  State takes money from rides and uses towards mndot.

just a driver
just a driver

Because he has a job he needs to get to.  They need to put him in jail /workrelase for a long time but taking away the license is stupid.  He will drive anyways just like Caroline and I also lost my lic. a couple times but i kept right on driving.  I know alot of peaple that do.  They have to come up with a better system.  Like blow in a beather lyizer, have piss tests, ankle bracelets but this no drive yeah right people just go right on doing it anyways

Caroline Mannheimer
Caroline Mannheimer

How is it that I lost my license in N.J. after paying a speeding ticket late? Then I drove to work as there was no-as in NONE- public trans and got another charge for Driving With No License. I was wrong to do that and I realized it. I had to leave my job that I loved and by the time I was at work again, the interest on my fines was far more than I could begin to afford. It's now in the 5-figure range! I have not driven for 12 years! And I'm a single mom. But THIS scary idiot is STILL behind the wheel after his 13th, I don't know that just seems warped to me.

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