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UPDATE: Sauk Rapids Mayor Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

Brad Gunderson, photo by’s Jim Maurice

SAUK RAPIDS – The Sauk Rapids mayor is facing a drunken driving charge.

Police Chief Perry Beise says Mayor Brad Gunderson was arrested on Sunday afternoon, after crashing the vehicle he was driving and failing a preliminary breath test.  Nobody was injured in the crash.  The crash happened at about 2:50 p.m. at 800 18th Street.

Beise says he was brought to the county jail, but they wouldn’t accept him, due to his level of intoxication.  He was then brought to the hospital, before being brought to his home.  Beise says it’s not uncommon for that to happen.

Gunderson has not been charged yet.  Authorities are waiting on lab test results.

The Minnesota State Patrol will release the results of the Blood Alcohol Test. The State Patrol is handling the case to avoid any possible conflict of interest.

Sauk Rapids City Administrator Ross Olson says there’s no procedure in place to remove Gunderson as the city’s mayor.  However, the city council could give him a public admonishment for violating the city’s code of conduct.

Gunderson has two previous DWI convictions, one in 1985 and the other in 1991.

Gunderson has not returned our phone calls.

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