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Former commissioner facing DWI charges

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2022 | DWI

A recent Thursday morning included a former Hennepin, Minnesota commissioner being held in a county jail. The 61-year-old man was arrested the night before. He is now facing several charges for suspected DWI, as well as repercussions for allegedly refusing a Breathalyzer test after his arrest.

Dayton police made the arrest just after 9:30 p.m. The gentleman served 28 years as a commissioner. He has also worked for North Memorial Health as Chief of Business Development and Community Relations Officer.

Accused of failing to stop at a stop sign

Spokesmen for the police department say that the ex-commissioner was initially pulled over in a traffic stop for allegedly failing to come to a full halt at a stop sign. Officials also say that he admitted to having consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car to drive. A preliminary breath test reportedly showed results that exceed the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

However, after taking the roadside breath test, the man is said to have refused to take a chemical Breathalyzer test. It is critical to know what the DWI laws are in a particular state before getting behind the wheel because an issue that is not a crime in one state might be a crime in another. In Minnesota, for instance, a person can face misdemeanor charges, as well as fines up to $3,000 for refusing a chemical test after being arrested for suspected DWI.  It is helpful to seek immediate legal support when such issues arise following traffic stop.