MINNEAPOKLIS (WCCO) – Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson has been released from the hospital days after allegedly crashing a car under the influence of alcohol.
Hutchinson is facing mild DWI charges in connection with a rollover accident last Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in central Minnesota.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Hutchinson, of Bloomington, was charged with impaired driving, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol. blood alcohol level of 0.8 within two hours. According to investigators, the sheriff’s blood alcohol level was 0.13, determined by a urine sample.
Hutchinson was also charged with carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol.
Hutchinson, 41, is recovering from broken ribs and other injuries at Alomere Hospital in Alexandra, where he was charged. He was discharged from the hospital on Monday.
According to Hutchinson’s attorney, a state trooper told the sheriff he was “lucky to be alive” after the early morning crash just east of Alexandria. Hutchinson was the only person in the Hennepin County-owned Ford Explorer.
In a statement after the collision, Hutchinson admitted to drinking and driving.
“I have made the inexplicable decision to drive after drinking and I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “As the Director of Law Enforcement in Hennepin County, I am held to a higher standard. I regret my choice and apologize to the citizens I served, the employees I worked with, and the friends and family who supported me.”
The State Patrol said the accident was still under investigation.
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