ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Gordon Shank is the top DWI enforcer in the state with 269 DWI arrests in 2012, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Shank leads a group of 34 law enforcement officers and prosecutors who will be recognized tonight during the Minnesota Twins’ pre-game festivities at Target Field.
This is the sixth DWI Enforcer All-Star squad, presented by OTS and sponsored by AAA Minneapolis. The all-stars are selected for outstanding service in enforcement and in prosecution of drunk driving.
Several of the officers presented on the field Thursday will be on the roads this weekend during added DWI enforcement. Increased patrols will roll in the state’s 13 counties that accounted for nearly half of the state’s drunk driving deaths (160) and more than half of the state’s alcohol-related serious injuries (436) during 2009–2011: 1. Hennepin; 2. Ramsey; 3. St. Louis; 4. Anoka; 5. Dakota; 6. Olmsted; 7. Washington; 8. Stearns; 9. Wright; 10. Sherburne; 11. Becker; 12. Meeker; 13. Otter Tail.
State trooper Paul Henstein had the second highest DWI arrest total with 168. Greater Minnesota and Twin Cities DWI Enforcer All-Star rosters are below.
“Although we take time each year to recognize the top DWI officers and prosecutors for their service, we must not forget the hundreds of other enforcers statewide who are committed to arresting drunk drivers to ensure motorists make it home safely,” says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety.
Last year in Minnesota, drunk driving crashes accounted for 104 deaths — 26 percent of the state’s total traffic deaths. In 2012, 28,418 motorists were arrested for DWI.
A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.
Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving
- Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
- Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
- Buckle up — the best defense against a drunk driver.
- Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.
DWI Enforcer All-Stars — Number of 2012 DWI Arrests
Greater Minnesota All-Stars
- Chad Anderson, Moorhead Police – 63
- Kyle Backer, Minnesota State Patrol (St. Cloud district) – 72
- Brad Barrientos, Winona Police – 37
- Garrett Bondhus, Minnesota State Patrol (Rochester district) – 72
- Jeff Burbank, Red Wing Police – 47
- Tom Coulter, Blue Earth County Sheriff – 35
- Mark Diaz, Cass County Sheriff – 25
- Jesse Gilbertson, Big Lake Police – 20
- Chris James, Minnesota State Patrol (St. Cloud district) – 86
- Brian Martin, Blue Earth County Sheriff – 32
- Jeff McCormack, Austin Police – 61
- Joshua W. McCuen, Worthington Police – 52
- Chad Myers, Winona County Sheriff – 122
- Louis Norell, Windom Police – 9
- Matt O'Rourke, Grand Rapids Police – 23
- Steve Ott, Winona County (prosecutor)
Twin Cities All-Stars
- Jeff Bilcik, Attorney General (prosecutor)
- Jordan Davis, Minneapolis Police – 110
- Tony Gabriel, Maplewood Police – 74
- Eric Gadbois, White Bear Lake Police – 57
- James W. Golgart Jr, Minneapolis Police – 130
- Todd Groves, Eden Prairie Police – 89
- Paul Henstein, Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro district) – 168
- Mark Hibbard, Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro district) – 156
- Michael Lee, Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro district) – 118
- Andrew Martinek, Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro district) – 157
- Matt Olson, Maple Grove Police – 60
- Santiago Rodriguez, St. Paul Police – 82
- Mike Sellner, White Bear Lake Police – 49
- Gordon Shank, Minnesota State Patrol (West Metro district) – 269
- Adam Stier, Lakeville Police – 77
- Jack Tiegs, Minnesota State Patrol (East Metro district) – 118
- Timothy Tourville, Crystal Police – 61
- Jason Waage, Rosemount Police – 53
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Office of Traffic Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) designs, implements, and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program. OTS is an anchoring partner of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative.
Office of Traffic Safety Highlights