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Local Reporter Charged with Drunken Driving

The Star Tribune reported that a KMSP-TV reporter has been charged with careless driving, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to a complaint filed in Hennepin County, Beth McDonough, 40, had a blood-alcohol reading of .24 percent. She refused a blood-alcohol test at first but later agreed.

McDonough previously had her driver's license revoked in December after she was convicted of third-degree drunken driving.

A Pioneer Press reported offered more details on the accident. According to the complaint, after the driver of the car was hit, the man called police and followed McDonough. A state trooper began following McDonough and arrested her after she arrived at her Minnetonka home.

Trooper Patrick Miles noted the "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage," bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech McDonoughhad when she spoke, State Patrol Sgt. Randy Anderson said.

"The defendant kept falling and using her vehicle to keep herself upright," Anderson wrote in the complaint. "On two occasions, the defendant used Trooper Miles to keep her balance."

McDonough has been suspended, KMSP-TV news director Bill Dallman said