Earlier this month, it was learned that Michelle L. MacDonald, a candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court, was arrested on suspicion of DWI almost a year ago.
The Rosemount woman will go to trial Sept. 15.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that MacDonald was pulled over around 11:15 p.m. the night of April 5, 2013. The arresting officer reported observing MacDonald’s car swerving and driving about 10 mph faster than the speed limit.
Allegedly, officers smelled alcohol emanating from MacDonald and when they asked her to perform field sobriety tests, she initially refused. Apparently, police had to forcibly remove her from the vehicle.
MacDonald has now been charged with fourth-degree DWI, third-degree refusal to submit to a breath test, speeding and obstructing the legal process.
MacDonald was endorsed as the Republican Party’s choice for Supreme Court justice at the convention in May. Nothing was said of her arrest at the time.
Neither MacDonald nor the Republican party has commented publicly on MacDonald’s situation.
The reason this story is important is it shows how anyone can get charged with a DWI. Regardless of your profession or prior criminal record, it can happen to you and you need to understand your rights.
As Minneapolis DWI attorney, I defend clients against accusations that they drove after having had too much to drink or merely over the legal limit. If you think you need to speak to a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer, please contact me at any time.