Carlton Co. attorney apologizes for drunken driving

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler apologized to his family, colleagues and constituents for a drunken driving incident. He's been in an inpatient treatment program at Hazelden Treatment Center in Center City, Minn., for the past month. He's back at work this week. Pertler is scheduled to make his first appearance in St. Louis County Court on the charges against him in early September.

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler has apologized in a statement for a drunken driving incident, but after a month or so at an inpatient program at Hazelden Treatment Center, he is back at work, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Pertler was arrested in July. He's been county attorney since 2005, the News Tribune reports.

He's due in court in September. Charges include driving while under the influence of alcohol, refusing to submit to sobriety testing and having an open alcohol container in his car, Northland Newscenter reports:

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