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Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson Pleads Guilty To DWI – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson entered a responsible plea on Thursday to a fourth-degree DWI in connection to a rollover crash in central Minnesota within the early morning of Dec. 8.

Hutchinson, 41, confronted 4 misdemeanor counts: fourth-degree DWI, working a motorcar drunk, working a car with a blood alcohol content material of .08 inside two hours, and carrying a pistol drunk.

READ MORE: Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson To Be Arraigned On DWI Charges Next MonthHutchinson pleaded responsible to working a car beneath the affect, however after his responsible plea, the remaining expenses might be dismissed as beneath Minnesota legislation he can solely be convicted of 1 DWI offense associated to an incident.

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Sheriff Dave Hutchinson (credit score: CBS)

“As Sheriff, I made the wellness of my staff a priority; however, I didn’t practice what I preached,” Hutchinson mentioned after he made the plea. “This incident is a wake-up call for me. I understand the seriousness of my actions, for which I take full responsibility.”

He added that he’s enrolled in an outpatient remedy program to deal with his general well being and relationship to alcohol. “This is the first step in the road toward recovery and regaining the trust of the people I work with and the residents of Hennepin County whom I serve,” he mentioned.

Also on Thursday, newly-released images purport to indicate the state of the squad car wrecked within the crash.

According to Hutchinson’s legal professional, a state trooper informed the sheriff that he’s “lucky to be alive” after the crash. Hutchinson was the one individual within the car, a Ford Explorer owned by Hennepin County. Investigators later discovered that Hutchinson’s blood alcohol degree was at .13, as decided by a urine pattern.

READ MORE: Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson Charged With DWI In Rollover Crash

On Thursday morning, Twitter consumer Rebecca Brannon shared images she took of the squad automobile broken within the incident. The license plate matches the outline of the 2021 Ford Explorer concerned within the crash, in accordance with investigators.

“The squad is a harrowing sight and shows the severity of drinking and driving. His recklessness could have killed himself or other innocent drivers,” Brannon tweeted.

Following the crash, Hutchinson launched a press release during which he admitted to ingesting and driving.

“I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Hennepin County, I am held to a higher standard. I regret the choice I made and apologize to the citizens I serve, the staff I work with, and the friends and family who support me.”

WCCO earlier reached out to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office to see what penalties Hutchinson might face internally. No one returned the decision.

The commonplace misdemeanor sentence requires 90 days in jail, as much as two years probation, and a $500 advantageous, and a chemical-use evaluation.

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