Former KSTP-TV anchor Bill Lunn was arrested early Saturday morning near his apartment in Oak Park Heights and cited for fourth-degree driving while impaired and speeding.
Lunn, who left KSTP almost a year ago, blew a .06, which is under the .08 legal limit for driving, said Derek Archambault, a prosecutor for Oak Park Heights and an attorney at Eckberg Lammers law firm in Stillwater.
Lunn, 53, was charged by citation with fourth-degree driving while impaired, a misdemeanor, Archambault said.
“It’s an impairment-based charged,” Archambault said. “He was charged based on the fact that he was impaired, not based on the fact that he was over the legal limit.”
Lunn said Monday that he had met friends in Stillwater on Friday night and had “had a couple of drinks.” He said he was arrested in the parking lot of his apartment complex.
“I take this very seriously,” Lunn said. “Obviously, it’s a very serious matter. While I stand by the fact that I was not over the legal limit, I do take the matter very seriously and have done some introspection and have it made it a personal point not to drink and drive at all in the future.”
Lunn, driving a red 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck, was spotted speeding about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Third Street South in Stillwater by a deputy from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s DWI Enforcement squad. The deputy, in an unmarked patrol car, clocked Lunn driving 41 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to police reports.
The deputy said he activated his emergency lights at Third Street and Orleans Street to initiate a traffic stop and then followed the pickup truck for several blocks before it pulled over at the intersection of Osgood Avenue North and 62nd Street North.
Lunn had bloodshot/watery eyes and “there was an odor of alcohol,” the report states. Lunn admitted that he had been drinking. When asked how much, he said he had had “a beer or two,” the report states.
A standardized field sobriety test was administered, and Lunn was arrested at 1:43 a.m. on suspicion of DWI. A half-hour later he blew .06, according to the report.