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State Patrol Releases Blood Alcohol Level of Sauk Rapids Mayor

Brad Gunderson, photo by WJON.com’s Jim Maurice

SAUK RAPIDS – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the blood alcohol level of Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson, at the time of his arrest last month.  They say it was 0.26.

On February 17th Gunderson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he crashed his car into some trash cans and a road sign.  A State Trooper took Gunderson to the Benton County Jail, but was not booked there because of his high intoxication level.  The trooper then brought him to his home and released him to a sober adult.

The Sauk Rapids Police Chief has said it’s not uncommon to release people from jail, if it’s determined they’re too drunk to stay there.  The Chief says Detox is another option, but that’s generally used for people who don’t have anyplace else to go, or don’t have a sober adult to care for them.

At the most recent Sauk Rapids City Council meeting, Gunderson apologized for his actions, but he says he has no plans to step down.

Gunderson has two previous arrests for drunk driving.

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