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Minnesota lawmaker arrested for trespassing after incidents at hotel bar, hospital

Police were originally called to a report of an intoxicated man in a hotel bar.
Matt Grossell

A Minnesota lawmaker was arrested after incidents at a hotel bar in St. Paul and Regions Hospital.

Matt Grossell, 53, of Bagley, Minnesota, was arrested and booked into Ramsey County Jail for trespassing in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It happened after he allegedly became argumentative with Regions Hospital staff and refusing to leave the hospital at the request of security guards.

Earlier, police had been called to the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge at 161 St. Anthony to a report of an "intoxicated male acting disorderly" in the hotel bar around 1 a.m.

Officers identified the male as Grossell, a former deputy sheriff who is the Republican state representative for District 2A, covering Beltrami County.

St. Paul police told BMTN that when officers arrived, Grossell had allegedly pushed a security guard, and had been escorted to his room.

Officers then decided to do a welfare check for his safety.

"Officers did not believe Grossell could care for himself in his current condition and called for Saint Paul Fire paramedics to evaluate him after he could not answer basic questions," said St. Paul PD spokesman Mike Ernster.

He was taken to Regions Hospital where he was evaluated and cleared, but then allegedly refused to leave the hospital and became argumentative with staff, leading to his arrest for trespassing.

In a statement sent to BMTN Sunday, Grossell said: "I received a citation in St. Paul. I apologize to my family, my constituents, my colleagues, and my friends. As a retired Deputy Sheriff, I will fully cooperate with any next steps."

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