Pics Show Wrecked Squad Car After Hennepin Co. Sheriff Hutchinson’s Alleged DWI Rollover

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Newly-released photos purport to show the state of the squad vehicle wrecked in an alleged DWI involving Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, 41, was charged with DWI earlier in the month in connection to the rollover crash in central Minnesota. He is facing four misdemeanor counts: fourth-degree DWI, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 within two hours, and carrying a pistol under the influence of alcohol.

According to Hutchinson’s attorney, a state trooper told the sheriff that he is “lucky to be alive” after the crash. Hutchinson was the only person in the vehicle, a Ford Explorer owned by Hennepin County. Investigators later found that Hutchinson’s blood alcohol level was at .13, as determined by a urine sample.

On Thursday morning, Twitter user Rebecca Brannon shared photos she took of the squad car damaged in the incident. The license plate matches the description of the 2021 Ford Explorer involved in the crash, according to investigators.

“The squad is a harrowing sight and shows the severity of drinking and driving. His recklessness could have killed himself or other innocent drivers,” Brannon tweeted.

Following the crash, Hutchinson released a statement in which he admitted to drinking and driving.

“I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Hennepin County, I am held to a higher standard. I regret the choice I made and apologize to the citizens I serve, the staff I work with, and the friends and family who support me.”

WCCO earlier reached out to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office to see what consequences Hutchinson could face internally. No one returned the call.

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