“Yes, take me to jail.”
That’s what say a Minnetonka man told Hopkins police after he turned himself in for suspected drunken driving Friday afternoon.
Prosecutors have charged 39-year-old Joshua Paul Hastad with two counts of first-degree driving while impaired, a felony.
An officer noticed Hastad at 2:38 p.m. on Highway 7 when he saw the vehicle in front of him swerving over the line, according to charging documents written by Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg.
The vehicle then made several turns and maneuvers the officer thought suggested the driver had been drinking. But before the officer could stop the car, Hastad pulled into a parking lot, got out and stuck his hands in the air, according to the charging documents.
The officer asked what was going on, and Hastad answered that he’d had “too much,” continuing to repeat “too much.” When the officer asked whether he meant too much alcohol, Hastad answered, “Yes. Yes, take me to jail.”
A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol concentration of .148 percent—just under twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
Hastad was released from the Hennepin County jail without bond at 11:24 p.m. that same day.
If he’s convicted, each of the charges would carry a sentence of between three and seven years in prison and a $4,200 to $14,000 fine.
Hastad has previously been sentenced for drunken driving, including for a felony conviction in 2003.
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