Hennepin Co. Sheriff ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Drinking and Driving
Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson says he’s “deeply sorry” for drinking alcohol and getting into a single car crash in Douglas County. Hutchinson was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The single-vehicle rollover happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday just five miles east of Alexandria on I-94. Charges are pending in the case based on toxicology results and a review by the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.
In a statement, Hutchinson says he made the “inexcusable decision” to drive after drinking alcohol and knows he’s held to a higher standard.
Early this morning, I was involved in single car crash in Douglas County near Alexandria, MN. I was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating this crash as a DUI.
I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry. 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.
I take full responsibility for my actions and am prepared to accept the consequences of my poor decision. I am relieved that no one else was injured in the crash. I will immediately address my personal issues surrounding alcohol and seek the help I need to continue to serve the people of Hennepin County.