Man accused stealing, driving excavator while drunk
PROCTOR, Minn. -- It’s one thing to drive drunk, but it’s another thing to drive a piece of construction equipment while drunk.
“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 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.