For Michael Brodkorb, DWI charges after crash last month
Former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb will face drunken-driving charges stemming from a January crash that landed him in the hospital.
Lilydale City Attorney Thomas Lehmann said Wednesday, Feb. 13, that the charges include two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree driving under the influence and one count of careless driving.
Lehmann prepared the charges Tuesday. They’re expected to be formally filed in Dakota County District Court later Wednesday.
The Minnesota State Patrol says Brodkorb’s blood-alcohol concentration was .10 after he crashed his car into a bridge support on Interstate 35E on Jan. 23. That’s above the legal limit of .08
Brodkorb, 39, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was hospitalized with serious injuries. He has since been released and said via Twitter that he is recovering.
He didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Brodkorb, a former Minnesota Republican Party deputy chair and Senate Republican spokesman, was fired from his Senate job after an affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
He filed a still-pending lawsuit for gender discrimination, saying female staffers who had affairs were treated differently.
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