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Sauk Rapids mayor apologizes for DWI arrest, won't resign

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Several residents attended a Sauk Rapids City Council meeting Monday, calling for the resignation of Mayor Brad Gunderson following his DWI arrest more than a week ago.

The St. Cloud Times reports Gunderson apologized for his actions at his first public appearance since the incident.

The newspaper has video of the apology:

Gunderson, 48, who is just a few months into his term as mayor, crashed his vehicle and failed a preliminary breath test on Feb. 17.

The mayor, who was too intoxicated to go to jail, was dropped off at home and went to work as a bus driver for the disabled the next day. Gunderson worked almost an entire shift before Metro Bus learned of his arrest and put him on unpaid leave.

Sauk Rapids resident Mike Aurelius said his son was on that bus and says Gunderson might still have been under the influence. Aurelius' request for the mayor to resign was met with applause.

Gunderson says he will not voluntarily step down, the Associated Press reports.

Law enforcement is waiting for final results of the blood-alcohol tests.

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