Gopher legend Neal Broten arrested on suspicion of drunken driving


Neal Broten, a former NHL and 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey player was arrested Sunday, April 21 on suspicion of OWI-third offense in Pierce County, according to jail records.

The 59-year-old River Falls resident was taken into custody at 9:24 p.m. Citations filed in Pierce County Traffic Court include possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and fail to stop at stop sign. He was released from jail at 8:47 a.m. April 22.

According to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access, his initial appearance for the traffic citations is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 8 at the Pierce County Courthouse.

A phone call to Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove was not immediately returned.

“It’s too soon to get the details, we don’t have reports or a file on him yet,” said Debbie Feuerhelm, Pierce County District Attorney Office Manager.

Authorities indicated that no criminal complaint nor further details will be released until after blood test results come back in three to four weeks.

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