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After 'Chinese fire drill,' two people in same car arrested for DWI in Hastings

According to Hastings police, two people were arrested for DWI after a "Chinese fire drill" at a stop light. The incident was reported at 5:08 p.m. on Sept. 22.

An officer on patrol noticed a vehicle stop at a light on Vermillion Street and then watched as the two occupants got out and swapped places in the vehicle, backing up traffic behind them.

The officer followed the vehicle and stopped it at County Road 46 and Walnut Street. After investigation, officers ended up conducting field sobriety tests on both occupants.

The male driver had a PBT of .28. He was arrested for DWI.

The female passenger was also arrested for DWI. She had a PBT of .21.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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