Michael Brodkorb’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10 after crash, patrol says
Former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 when he crashed his car on Interstate 35E in Lilydale last month, the Minnesota State Patrol said Thursday, Feb. 7.
The legal limit to drive in Minnesota is 0.08.
Authorities said they have turned the case over to the Lilydale city attorney to review for possible charges against Brodkorb, 39.
He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after the Jan. 23 crash in critical condition. A State Patrol report said that his car smashed into the concrete base of the Minnesota 13 bridge and that he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Officers smelled alcohol at the time of the evening crash. Brodkorb was alone in the car.
Lilydale City Attorney Tom Lehmann did not respond to a Pioneer Press phone call Thursday seeking comment.
Brodkorb also couldn’t be reached for comment. He wrote on Twitter earlier this week that he is at home and recovering. Following the crash, his family had asked for privacy.
Brodkorb, a former Minnesota Republican Party deputy chair and Senate Republican spokesman, was at the center of a state Capitol drama in 2011 when his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch became public.
He was fired from his Senate job and responded with a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, saying he was treated differently than female staffers who had affairs with male legislators.
The lawsuit is still pending.
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