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80 Year Old Charged With Felony DUI in Minnesota

Many people feel that elderly men and women shouldn't be driving, because of either senile habits, bad judgement, or for other health reasons. Smart Motorist reports that older drivers are more likely than younger ones to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes, particularly at intersections.

So it's no surprise that when 80 year old Stephen Anthony Sersha was arrested in Minnesota for a felony DWI, people all over the country saw it as a big deal. Earlier this month, the police in St. Cloud, Minnesota received a phone call about a possible drunk driver on the road. When police made contact with Sersha in the driveway of his residence, authorities found that the 80 year old man was more than just a bit tipsy.

Sersha was administered a preliminary breath test, which showed a blood-alcohol level of .185, putting him at more than twice the legal limit. 

How many 80 year olds are still driving? There are some Americans that feel people should stop driving after a certain age, but almost everybody would agree that old people who drink and drive with a BAC of .185  should have their license revoked. But as it turns out, Sersha's license had already been taken away.

As it turns out, Sersha had already been convicted of a felony DWI in 2004 and had his driver's license canceled for being inimical to public safety. Sersha was taken to Stearns County Jail after the incident, where the man now faces a felony DWI charge and a gross misdemeanor charge for driving after cancellation.