Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek's adult son charged in New Year's DWI


Ryan Stanek, 22, the son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, was arrested early New Year's morning and was charged Friday with charges related to drunken driving.

WCCO reports that Maple Grove Police arrested Stanek Thursday morning after finding him in a car parked on a residential street. The Star Tribune adds that police arrived at the 8100 block of Shenandoah Lane in response to a welfare check; the police report indicated that a caller had contacted officers about a person slumped over in a parked vehicle.

FOX 9 reported that Maple Grove police said Stanek refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was issued a ticket for 3rd-degree DWI refusal.

“My son is an adult and he is accountable for his actions,” Sheriff Rich Stanek said in a written statement. “As parents, we are supportive of him during this difficult time.”

Earlier this year, Ryan Stanek was charged with felony damage to property in connection with an incident that damaged park property. FOX 9's story said that he was ticketed for marijuana possession in 2012 and that in June 14, 2014, Ryan Stanek paid a $178 fine for marijuana possession, a petty misdemeanor.

Rich Stanek has been Hennepin County Sheriff since 2007. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

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