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Wrong-way driver charged with DWI

Evan Gittus was going fast in the wrong direction when a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over June 15 in Empire Township.

The deputy stopped Gittus, 20, of Eagan, shortly after 5 a.m. after clocking him going 91 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Gittus was slow to get his driver's license and seemed confused. He said he was coming from a friend's house in Eagan and said he lived just a mile down the road. When the deputy asked why he was driving away from Eagan if he was on his way home, Gittus reportedly said he was "just driving around."

Gittus had trouble standing when the deputy asked him to get out of the car and he failed three field sobriety tests. He refused to take a preliminary breath test at the scene of the traffic stop and later, after being placed under arrest, refused blood or urine tests.

Gittus has been charged with two counts of driving while impaired, one third degree and one fourth. The third-degree charge carries a potential sentence of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $3,000. The fourth-degree charge has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Rosemount man charged with torching portable toilet

Jimi Lorenz's plans for fun went up in smoke not long after the portable toilet he allegedly set on fire last October in a Rosemount park.

Witnesses pointed Rosemount police to Lorenz, now 20, shortly after the toilet burned Oct. 2. The witness said he had seen two people come out of the toilet and run toward some nearby townhomes.

Police found Lorenz a short time later along with another individual who said Lorenz had told him he'd set the toilet on fire.

After being placed under arrest Lorenz at first denied any involvement in the fire but later admitted his involvement. He said he'd been drunk, had seen a portable toilet set on fire before and thought it would be fun.

A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .96.

If convicted on a third degree arson charge Lorenz could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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