A 59-year-old Woodbury man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree DWI on March 4 after he was refused service at Stillwater’s .
The incident landed Donald Roy Patterson, Jr., behind bars for his second DWI charge in the last 10 years.
According to the police report:
Stillwater police were called to the downtown bar at 4:20 p.m. on March 4 after an “obviously intoxicated” man reportedly walked up to the bar, made inappropriate remarks to the bartender, refused to take a cab home and then got behind the wheel of his vehicle.
After making the “offensive” remarks, bar staff refused to serve Patterson any alcohol, but made him a sandwich, served him a glass of water and offered to call him a cab.
But after eating his sandwich, Patterson reportedly went outside for a cigarette and disappeared.
Employees were concerned for his safety—one worker followed him outside of the restaurant, and saw Patterson getting in his vehicle.
When police arrived, an officer saw Patterson sitting in his van, with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle running.
The officer approached the vehicle, smelled a strong odor of alcohol and noticed that Patterson had urinated in his pants.
Police then gave Patterson a series of field-sobriety tests, which he failed, and a preliminary breath test that resulted in a reading of 0.23.
As police spoke with Patterson, he reportedly began sobbing and told officers he had just received information that his son had died the day before after he was hit by a car in Florida.
Patterson also told police that he was in his van waiting for his other son to come pick him up.
But police had their suspicions and contacted his son—who was at work—to confirm the story.
Patterson’s son told police he never received a call from his father, had no intention of coming to Stillwater and had never said he would pick his father up at the bar.
Police then asked Patterson’s son if his brother was recently killed in a car accident in Florida.
Patterson’s son told police he had no knowledge of that happening.
Patterson was then arrested on suspicion of second-degree DWI and transported to the Washington County Jail.
According to court records, Patterson was convicted of DWI in 2008, and was in violation of a restricted driver’s license that prohibited alcohol use. He was also convicted on two separate DWI charges in the 1990s.