State High Court Upholds Seizure of Vehicle in Minnesota DWI

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to uphold the seizure of a vehicle involved in a drunk driving arrest. David Lee Laase claimed he was an innocent owner of a vehicle taken by police after his wife was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Minnesota.

Jean Margaret Laase was charged with MN DWI in 2006 after being stopped for erratic driving. Her blood alcohol content registered 0.22%, nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication. She pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor DWI. Because of a prior DWI conviction, the law permitted the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving to be seized.

David Lee Laase said he is the rightful owner of the vehicle, and indicated that he had no knowledge of his wife

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