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Question: A friend of mine recently saw two people riding their horses at night near a bar. We suspect they were trying to avoid a DWI. Can you get a DWI while riding a horse? What about a bicycle?
Answer: In Minnesota, it is a crime for any person to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle, within this state or on any boundary water of this state when:
• The person is under the influence of alcohol.
• The person is under the influence of a controlled substance.
• The person is knowingly under the influence of a hazardous substance.
• The person is under the influence of a combination of any two or more of the above elements.
• The person's alcohol concentration at the time, or as measured within two hours of the time, of driving, operating, or being in physical control of the motor vehicle is 0.08 or more.
• The vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle and the person's alcohol concentration at the time, or as measured within two hours of the time, of driving, operating, or being in physical control of the commercial motor vehicle is 0.04 or more.

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