A drunk driving arrest can be unsettling because it may carry with it the potential for many negative consequences, including jail, probation, fines and other heavy financial consequences. A conviction for driving while impaired can also place a driver’s job and reputation on the line. One Minnesota official is facing that possibility now following a recent arrest and subsequent DWI charges.

The current mayor of a city in Minnesota is dealing with some negative publicity and an uncertain future following a single vehicle accident one recent evening. Police responded to a call that a vehicle had struck a snowbank, and they found the vehicle with its engine still running and the driver apparently sitting behind the wheel. Reports identified the man as the mayor of the city.

Responding officers claim to have smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and noted bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. They attempted to perform a series of roadside sobriety tests, but the man allegedly refused after failing the first test. Police claim they had to assist the man with walking and getting into the police vehicle. Subsequent tests reportedly showed the man to have twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Now facing DWI charges, the man certainly has many issues to be concerned about. Many who face similar situations may worry about how a conviction will affect their careers and their futures. This is why Minnesota drivers charged with alcohol-related offenses are wise to have skilled and experience legal representation as early as possible following their arrests.