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home : safety : safety briefs April 16, 2014

2/11/2013 3:41:00 PM
Wayzata makes three DWI arrests after Chilly Open

Of the more than 900 people who attended the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce's annual Chilly Open on Lake Minnetonka, at least three were arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to Wayzata Police.

Sgt. Phil Reiter said that is about the average number of DWI arrests during this event. Every year hundreds come out for the Chilly Open, where a frozen golf course is made on the ice.

"From my perspective this year it was a much more tame crowd on the land, people were obeying the ordinance of not having open alcohol containers in public places. They seemed better behaved this year," Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold said.

Wayzata Police had two extra officers working the event and the Hennepin County Water Patrol was also out on the ice monitoring the traffic on the lake and ice conditions.

On the same day was also the Toward Zero Death campaign, which took place in town with Wayzata Police along with Minnetonka Police, the Minnesota State Patrol, Plymouth, Minnetrista, Maple Grove, Rogers and Medina police. Reiter said this campaign was separate from the Chilly Open. Risvold said they are still waiting for the numbers to come back for the final DWI arrest tally from the campaign.

- By Casey Merkwan

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