Minneapolis man arrested for drug trafficking in Stoddard | News

A Minneapolis man was arrested for impaired driving following a traffic stop on the 100 block of North Main Street in Stoddard.

At 3:03 p.m. on April 15, a Vernon County deputy running a speed camera on North Main Street in the Village of Stoddard stopped a vehicle for speeding. According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, when the vehicle pulled over, it hit the curb and came to a stop with a tire on the curb.

During the traffic stop, a passerby also called the sheriff’s office to report that he was following the vehicle on State Hwy. 35 and watched him cross the center line and drive erratically before being pulled over.

The driver of the vehicle initially provided the deputy with a false name, but was eventually identified as William C. Erickson, 31, of Minneapolis. The deputy had Erickson perform standardized field sobriety tests, and he was later arrested for operating under the influence – controlled substance.

A substance believed to be methamphetamine was located on his person. Other drug paraphernalia was inside the vehicle. La Crosse County deputies attended the scene of the traffic stop.

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It was ultimately determined that Erickson had a criminal arrest warrant through Minnesota for a parole violation. Erickson was transported to the Vernon County Detention Center. Formal charges will be sought through the Vernon County District Attorney’s Office.

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