North Mankato Speeds Past 100 MPH, Intoxicated, With Child In Car…

A 41-year-old man from North Mankato was allegedly intoxicated and driving at speeds topping 100 miles an hour, with a young child in his car.

Dameion Joseph Luna has been charged with careless driving, open bottle, driving after cancellation and failing to drive with due care-speed.

Court documents say a Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Luna on County Road 90 just after 11:00 on Tuesday night. The deputy began to follow and pushed his squad car to 100 miles per hour, and then 125 miles per hour and was “barely catching up to the vehicle.”

As they approached Indian Lake Road climbing the hill, the deputy turned on his lights and siren and was able to get Luna to stop. The deputy then allegedly saw Luna and an adult female passenger switch seats, to make it appear that the woman was driving.  Inside the car by the driver’s seat was a half-empty bottle of vodka and in the backseat was a 10-year-old girl.

Luna was taken to the Blue Earth County jail, but the regular breath test equipment was not working, so an ALCO-SENSOR was used and that put Luna’s blood alcohol level at .082.

Police also say that at the time of the incident, Luna had two felony warrants out of Waseca County for drunk driving and terroristic threats.


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