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Driver charged in DWI pursuit through Cottage Grove

An Inver Grove Heights man was charged with drunken driving after allegedly swerving all over the road and driving the wrong way down 80th Street in Cottage Grove.

Police arrested Joshua R. Satterwhite, 32, after they received a report of an erratic driver about 11:50 p.m. June 28 near 80th Street and Joliet Avenue. The car was traveling the wrong way on 80th Street, according to the Washington County District Court criminal complaint.

A Cottage Grove police officer stopped the vehicle, driven by Satterwhite, at Manning Avenue and 77th Street, east of Old Cottage Grove. The officer had seen Satterwhite drive onto the shoulder and nearly into a ditch, the complaint states.

Satterwhite showed signs of intoxication and was disoriented. He admitted to drinking before he got in his car. His blood-alcohol concentration registered 0.268 on a preliminary breathalyzer test. A follow-up test read his blood-alcohol level at 0.24, three times the legal driving limit.

Satterwhite is charged with two counts of drunken driving, both gross misdemeanors. He also is charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, because a prescription Adderall pill fell from his pocket during his arrest. The amphetamine requires a prescription, and Satterwhite admitted he did not have a prescription.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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