Minneapolis Man Hit with Felony Charge After Flip-Flopping on Tests
Carin Brice Ross, 33, was charged with felony-level DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test after Edina Police observed him speeding on the crosstown.
A Minneapolis man stopped for speeding on the crosstown was taken to Hennepin County Jail after allegedly refusing to submit to a variety of chemical tests.
Carin Brice Ross, 33, is charged with felony-level DWI—it's his fifth DWI charge since 2004—and refusal to submit to a chemical test. According to a criminal complaint, Ross was driving a black SUV at speeds between 62 and 73 miles per hour on Hwy. 62 near the Xerxes Avenue exit on Mar. 3, 2013.
Edina Police stopped the vehicle and, upon approaching the driver's window, report smelling the distinct odor of alcohol and observing Ross' eyes to be bloodshot and watery. Ross allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol, then failed several field sobriety tests. He was given a preliminary breath test (PBT), with the result coming back 0.187.
Officers then placed Ross under arrest, at which point he reportedly agreed to provide a urine sample. Police report after attempting to provide a urine sample twice, he either was not able to or refused to urinate. When asked if he would take a blood test instead, Ross reportedly said, "I guess."
After being transported to Fairview Southdale Hospital, Ross allegedly refused to submit to a blood test. Officers said they informed him he would be charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test, which prompted him to again agree to provide a blood sample.
While waiting for a doctor to collect a sample, Ross reportedly changed his mind once again and stated, "No, I am not going to do the blood test." He was allegedly told once again he would be charged with refusal and was taken back to the Edina Police Department.
Ross has four prior DWI convictions, according to the report, including incidents on May 2004, Nov. 2004, July 2005 and Aug. 2008.
He faces one count of refusal to submit to a chemical test and one count of first degree driving while impaired. The offenses carry a penalty of 3-7 years in prison and/or $14,000 in fines.