ST. PAUL —Minnesota State Trooper Nick Morse of Two Harbors was arrested for driving while impaired when he reported for an in-service training at the Minnesota State Patrol district office in Duluth on Wednesday, Sept. 26. He has been placed on investigative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal investigations.
Morse had driven his squad car from his home in Two Harbors to arrive at the training at 8:10 a.m. At the district office, a supervisor noticed the odor of alcohol coming from Morse. Field sobriety tests were administered and Morse was arrested by a State Patrol lieutenant. Morse was transported to the St. Louis County Jail where he submitted to a breath test. The test result registered an alcohol concentration of .08, which is the legal limit in Minnesota. Morse was then booked into the St. Louis County Jail and issued a citation for 4th Degree DUI.
Morse has been a state trooper since April of 2009. He has not been disciplined nor has he received commendations as a trooper.
“State troopers are dedicated to taking impaired drivers off the road, which makes this incident even more egregious and unacceptable,” said Col. Kevin Daly, chief of the State Patrol. “We don’t tolerate impaired driving, regardless of who is behind the wheel.”