Crime, Law and Justice

Additional calls for Hennepin County sheriff to resign

A man sits in a car.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson sits in his squad car in Robinsdale, Minn., on Jan. 8, 2020.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Updated: 12:34 p.m.

There are more calls for the resignation of Hennepin County's sheriff who was recently convicted of drunken driving.

Five of Hennepin County's seven commissioners and a Minneapolis City Council member have joined others that have called for Sheriff Dave Hutchinson to resign.

Authorities say Hutchinson's blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit when he crashed his county-owned SUV last month in Alexandria. Investigators say the sheriff repeatedly denied that he was behind the wheel.

County board chair Marion Greene tweeted Thursday that Hutchinson's “actions and subsequent comments have eroded public confidence” in his ability to serve.

“I am fully committed to continuing to serve the people of Hennepin County who elected me. I will let the citizens, not politicians, decide my future in November,” Hutchinson said in a statement.

In an interview with WCCO last month, Hutchinson was asked if he had ever been drunk behind the wheel before the latest incident. The sheriff replied that everyone has driven drunk at some point.

Commissioner Irene Fernando says that comment “harmfully normalizes dangerous behavior" and disrespects those who have lost loved ones to drunken driving, WCCO-TV reported.

Hutchinson was convicted of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated last month, and agreed as part of his plea deal to undergo random drug and alcohol testing. He was ordered to abstain from drinking alcohol.

MPR News reporter Matt Sepic contributed to this report.

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