A man acquitted in a fatal stabbing at Kwik Trip in June 2013 was arrested early Monday for drunken driving.

A La Crosse police officer stopped a car driven by Mitrel Anderson, 27, at 20th and Market streets about 3:24 a.m. because the registered owner had a suspended license. Anderson failed field sobriety tests and had a 0.12 percent alcohol level, police said.

He told police he was driving from the Walgreens on West Avenue to a house. His female passenger was nude and covered by a blanket, according to reports.

Prosecutors charged Anderson, of Madison, in La Crosse County Circuit Court with second-offense operating while intoxicated and with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating with a revoked license. He was released from the La Crosse County Jail on a $500 bond.

A jury in December acquitted Anderson of homicide in the June 2, 2013, death of DeMario Lee inside the men’s restroom at the Cass Street Kwik Trip, after finding he stabbed Lee in self-defense after a confrontation.

Anderson testified that Lee ambushed, beat and threatened to kill him before Anderson drew his knife and swung at Lee’s head; prosecutors argued that Lee, 24, of Illinois was stabbed as he was leaving the restroom and that Anderson wasn’t justified in using deadly force.

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Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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