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Lancour arrested for DWI in Duluth

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The woman at the center of allegations of police brutality was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in Duluth.

The Duluth police Tuesday arrested Natasha Lancour, 29, the woman at the center of an investigation into allegations of abuse of force by a Superior Police Department officer.

Officers responded to a call about a troubled customer at a Taco John’s restaurant on Central Entrance around 1:45 a.m. According to the police report, Lancour was pounding on the drive-thru window and appeared intoxicated. She refused to leave the property, even though the business was closed.

When officers arrived on scene, Lancour admitted having two alcoholic beverages two hours before at the Copasetic Lounge. Police had Lancour exit the vehicle and take a field sobriety test as a part of a DWI investigation, based on her admitting to drinking and being at a bar. Lancour agreed to take the Breathalyzer, police said.

According to the report, Lancour blew a 0.178, which is more than double the legal limit. She was immediately arrested for a DWI.

Lancour is scheduled to appear in court for the DWI charge on Aug. 21.

Lancour was arrested in January outside Keyport Liquor and Lounge after Superior Police Officer George Gothner reportedly used excessive forced while arresting her. She is facing a charge of disorderly conduct in Douglas County Circuit Court. Her trial is on hold, pending the result of a hearing scheduled for Oct. 3 to determine if Gothner used excessive force. Douglas County Judge Kelly Thimm scheduled a status conference in Lancour’s case for Oct. 31.

Lancour’s attorney, Rick Gondik said he doesn’t see how this would affect her Douglas County trial.

“I don’t see how this would affect the trial since both incidents are totally different,” Gondik said.

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