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Sauk Rapids mayor charged with DWI

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Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson, who's been under fire since his arrest, now faces two counts of DWI, the St. Cloud Times reports.

Gunderson was involved in a one-vehicle crash on Feb. 17 when the SUV he was driving went off the street into a yard, damaging garbage cans and a street sign.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer found Gunderson in a Chevy Blazer, spinning his wheels in an attempt to leave the yard.

When asked what happened, Gunderson told the officer “I’m not sure.” The mayor said he had two 22 oz. beers at JP’s Bar that afternoon.

Gunderson's blood-alcohol content was 0.26, more than three times the legal limit to drive, about 90 minutes after his arrest.

Police say Gunderson was too intoxicated for jail and was dropped off at home.

Some residents called for the mayor to step down following his arrest. Gunderson made a public apology at a city council meeting last month, but said he won't resign.

He's scheduled to make his first court appearance on April 9.

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