Semi driver gets DWI

A semi driver was arrested by the Princeton Police Department Monday for driving a semi while intoxicated.

The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m.

Patrick Zabinski, 42, of Holdingford, was being held in the Sherburne County Jail on charges of third degree DWI, a gross misdemeanor. Authorities said Zabinski registered a .17 on a preliminary breath test.

The first call police received regarding Zabinski was that he was northbound in a southbound lane of Highway 169 near Marv’s True Value Hardware. Another call received shortly afterwards reported that Zabinski was trying to get off the highway, Princeton Police Chief Brian Payne said. It appears that Zabinski, who was pulling a trailer full of hay bales, was trying to pull onto Highway 169 from the frontage road and turned north into the east lane of southbound Highway 169. Zabinski was allegedly confused because a former crossroad at 313th Avenue has been closed off, prohibiting drivers on 313th from crossing the southbound lane.

Payne suspects that Zabinski realized his mistake and then backed up onto the frontage road. He went north on the frontage road and was met by Sgt. Joe Backlund in the area of Subway and Anderson Equipment on 125th Street NW.

As for driving while intoxicated around the lunch hour, Payne said, “It’s far from the norm, but it’s not unusual, either.”


Car stolen in Isanti crashes in Princeton

A car reported stolen from an Isanti residence was involved in a rollover crash early Friday morning east of Princeton.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 35-year-old Matthew Zaccone of Minneapolis was driving west on Highway 95 in Mille Lacs County around 1:45 a.m. when he went off the road near 74th Street, hit an approach, vaulted and rolled the 1998 Dodge Stratus. Zaccone was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Zaccone was an acquaintance of the vehicle’s owner but did not have permission to drive the vehicle, Isanti Police Chief Ron Sager said.