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Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson has pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

The Sheriff issued a press release today that indicates he entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor DUI charge in Douglas County Court. The charge stems from a rollover crash in the early hours of December 8 when Hutchinson suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries when he lost control of his Hennepin County-owned vehicle while driving on I-94 near Alexandria.

"As Sheriff, I made the wellness of my staff a priority; however, I didn’t practice what I preached. This incident is a wake-up call for me. I understand the seriousness of my actions, for which I take full responsibility."

Sheriff Hutchinson says he has returned to work and is now enrolled in an outpatient treatment program to "address my issues with alcohol and my overall health." He describes the as the first step in the road toward recovery and regaining the trust of the public.

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