Charges: Drunk Duluth fire chief tried to pass in no-passing zone

He's been placed on administrative leave.
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Duluth's Fire Chief Dennis Edwards Jr. was arrested and charged with drunken driving following an incident at the weekend.

Edwards, 48, was stopped by a St. Louis County deputy around 11:40 p.m. last Saturday, March 30, after the deputy spotted an SUV trying to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone going up a hill.

The deputy reported that Edwards failed to maintain the driving lane. 

During the stop, the deputy observed a strong odor of alcohol from inside the SUV, with Edwards eyes described as "glassy and bloodshot." When asked if he'd been drinking, Edwards responded: "Yes."

Roadside tests were performed "poorly" by Edwards, whose preliminary breath test registered 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08. 

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Edwards was arrested on suspicion of DWI. Two hours later an additional breath test registered a 0.21 blood-alcohol content. 

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Edwards was placed on administrative leave Sunday, with a spokesperson from the fire department saying city officials "takes these things very seriously." 

Edwards has been charged with two counts of third-degree DWI and is due in court April 11. 

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