A Democratic Minnesota state representative found himself in deep legal trouble after a bizarre incident for which he was arrested last week.
According to the Daily Caller, state Rep. Dan Wolgamott (D) was arrested after state troopers caught him weaving in and out of traffic.
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The police had been called to search for a man who had been drinking vodka in a parking lot by himself. After the parking lot, Wolgamott got behind the wheel and drove around intoxicated before he was finally stopped.
The Daily Caller noted:
Wolgamott failed the field sobriety tests and registered .106 in a preliminary breath test, which exceeds the legal limit of .080, the outlet reported. Police arrested him and booked him into the Kanabec County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree DWI.
According to a report from MPR News, Wolgamott also had "an expired registration and lacked a front license plate."
The state patrol said in a press release, "After completing the processing for driving while impaired, a search warrant was obtained and Wolgamott provided a fluid sample," CBS News reported.
Kanabec County Attorney Barbara McFadden told the press that Wolgamott was released on personal recognizance on pending charges.
Wolgamott, a powerful state Democrat, was recently recognized by law enforcement as "legislator of the year."
The Daily Caller added:
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association recently recognized Wolgamott, who took office in 2019, as legislator of the year, MPR reported. He currently serves as speaker pro tempore, giving him the power to serve as the state House’s presiding lawmaker.
Social media reacted to the news of Wolgamott's DWI arrest, with many suggesting that he'll escape any serious consequences due to his party affiliation.
One Twitter user wrote, "I am sure if he says he has Hunter on speed dial that he will be no charges."
"Another tweet also said he had expired tabs. Ironic since Dems voted to increase tab fees. These guys are a joke. Should resign. You know I can handle and forgive people who make a mistake, but I can't stand hypocrites," another Twitter user added.
Multiple media outlets have reached out to Wolgamott and his office regarding the incident, but they haven't responded. It's unclear when Wolgamott will face a judge.