Police: Mayor was too drunk for jail after DWI arrest


The St. Cloud Times has new details on the case of Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a Sunday afternoon crash.

One unusual part of the story is that Gunderson was never booked into jail, despite a test that showed a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. The Times now reports that Gunderson was too drunk even for jail.

Gunderson initially was taken to the Benton County Jail, but the Times says the jail has a policy that anyone with a blood alcohol content level above .25 should receive medical treatment prior to being booked into the jail. (Officials would not release Gunderson's precise BAC.)

But Gunderson was not taken for medical care, and was instead dropped off at home, the Times reports. It's not clear why he was not later booked at the jail.

More details from the newspaper: Gunderson's day job is driving a bus – he works for Metro Bus, where he drives for the company's Dial-A-Ride program. Gunderson went to work and drove part of his shift Monday before company officials found out about his arrest and put him on a leave of absence.

State court records show Gunderson has two prior DWI convictions, although both were more than 20 years ago.

Gunderson plans to say on as mayor and says he has the support of the Sauk Rapids City Council. Gunderson is in his first term as mayor and is now asking for privacy, the Times reports.

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