Mower Co. deputies, Austin police officer recognized at Twins game

Published 8:02 am Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety recognized 42 law enforcement “all-stars” during the Minnesota Twins pre-game activities on Thursday at Target Field.

Those recognized, dubbed the “11th DWI Enforcer All-Star team,” made a combined 2,751 DWI arrests across Minnesota in 2017.

“That number has us all shaking our heads,” said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director. “Until all Minnesotans take responsibility by lining up a sober ride 100 percent of the time, officers, deputies and troopers will continue to diligently work to get drunk drivers off our roads. While I applaud the DWI All-Stars who have gone the extra mile to keep Minnesotans safe, my hope is that one day this event will no longer be necessary and our roads will be free of drunk drivers.”

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Among those recognized Thursday evening were Mower County deputy Jamie Meyer (54 arrests), Austin police Sgt. Jeff McCormack (37 arrests) and Mower County deputy Tom Brogan (32 arrests).

Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Meyer and Brogan, along with Mower County Deputy Tyler Wilson, during their statewide recognition awards ceremony on April 11 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.

McCormack was awarded a personalized hockey stick from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Dec. 5 in recognition of his “hat trick” three DWI arrests in a 10–hour shift during the November/December 2016 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DWI Enforcement Campaign. It was the second such stick he had received.

Among those honored Thursday evening, Minneapolis police officer Steve Wuorinen had the highest number of DWI arrests, arresting 165 drunk drivers in 2017.