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Test: ND trooper's blood concentration nearly twice legal limit

BEMIDJI - A North Dakota Highway Patrol captain arrested near here for drunken driving last month registered an alcohol concentration nearly twice Minnesota's legal limit.

A urine analysis shows Kevin John Robson, 42, of Grand Forks, N.D., had a 0.15 percent alcohol concentration, according to a forensic lab report made public Monday.

The legal limit for drunken driving in Minnesota is 0.08 percent.

In addition, a Beltrami County Sheriff's Office report in the case said Robson denied drinking when pulled over March 10 by a deputy, who was called about a report of a hit-and-run accident.

Robson faces a charge of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated. The citation filed in the case states he must call to set a court appearance.

He was arrested after a deputy responded to a call reporting a collision shortly after 3 a.m. March 10.

According to reports filed in the case:

Deputies responded after receiving a call from a newspaper carrier who reported a sport utility vehicle nearly hit his parked vehicle, and mirrors of both vehicles came into contact with each other near Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast and 23rd Street Southeast.

"(Robson)began saying that he was not involved in any sort of crash and his vehicle did not come into contact with any other vehicle," Deputy Chuck Nelson wrote in a report. "I immediately observed watery glassy eyes, slurred speech, an extremely hoarse voice and slow mannerisms and movements."

The deputy then asked if Robson had consumed alcohol.

"Robson said he had not been drinking alcohol," wrote Nelson, who then asked Rob-son to take impairment tests.

Read more Tuesday in the Pioneer.