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Proctor man charged with DWI in excavator escapade

Minnesota State Patrol troopers arrested Dustin Lunde after he allegedly drove a Caterpillar excavator on a Duluth sidewalk. (Photo from Minnesota State Patrol)
News Duluth,Minnesota 55802
Duluth News Tribune
Proctor man charged with DWI in excavator escapade
Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

It’s one thing to drive drunk, but it’s another thing to drive a piece of construction equipment while drunk.

Dustin Lunde, 27, of Proctor was arrested on March 9, for driving a Caterpillar excavator on a Duluth sidewalk in the wee hours in the morning, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly more than twice the legal limit.

“For someone to drive something like that at 3 a.m. is definitely unusual,” said Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol public information officer. “We are pleased we were able to catch him before he seriously injured himself or others,” Roeske said.

A trooper found Lunde in the excavator near Superior Street and Michigan Street, just west of downtown, shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Lunde admitted to stealing the excavator, authorities said, and he was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and second-degree DWI.