Authorities in Benton County, Minnesota arrested the Sauk Rapids mayor Sunday afternoon on suspicion of driving while impaired. A Minnesota State trooper brought the man to the Benton County jail, apparently for processing, but jailers requested that the man be taken to a medical facility for clearance before admitting him to the jail.
Jailers claim that a preliminary breath test revealed that the mayor allegedly measured above 0.25 percent BAC, and the jail has a policy of requesting medical clearance for that level of alcohol, according to the St. Cloud Times.
The trooper apparently was unaware of the jail policy. However, the trooper says that the mayor was “functioning pretty well,” according to the Times. The Minnesota State Patrol says that the mayor was transported home and left with a sober adult.
Authorities claim that the man had been in a car accident Sunday afternoon in an intersection in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol was called in to handle the investigation due to any potential conflict of interest, according to law enforcement in Sauk Rapids.
The man is not only the mayor of the city, but also works at Metro Bus. The executive director of the transportation service says that the man is a driver in the Dial-A-Ride program. Generally, a bus driver needs to hold a commercial driver’s license as a job requirement. The man accused of DWI reportedly is on leave of absence from the bus service.
Anyone accused of DWI in Minnesota can expect an administrative driver’s license revocation associated with the DWI charges. License revocations are generally handled as a separate issue from the criminal case, and driver’s who wish to challenge a DWI license revocation must act quickly to raise the civil issue as the timeline to request an implied consent hearing is short.
For drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license, the potential impact upon the CDL is significant. Federal rules kick in for drivers who have a CDL. CDL holders should consider seeking legal counsel as soon as possible after allegations of an alleged DWI arise– the impact on a commercial driver’s license may significantly impact the driver’s livelihood.
Source: St. Cloud Times, “Sauk Rapids mayor too intoxicated to be in jail,” David Unze and Kari Petrie, Feb. 19, 2013