Minnesota mayor charged with drunk driving

| Jun 21, 2021 | DWI |

The mayor of Elysian has been charged with multiple infractions after an alleged drunk driving incident in May, according to local sources. Minnesota authorities have charged Thomas McBroom with two counts of third-degree DWI as well as a count of careless driving. His defense attorney will work to develop a strong DWI defense against these charges, or else the mayor could face up to one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.

What are the mayor’s alleged actions?

According to the report, around 10:30 p.m. the night of April 16, a sheriff’s deputy witnessed a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 60 at a high rate of speed, approximately 97 mph in a zone with a 60 mph speed limit. The deputy pulled the vehicle over and questioned the mayor, who said he was speeding as a result of needing to use the bathroom. However, the deputy also detected what they believed to be an odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

While the mayor initially said he had not consumed alcohol that evening, he later said he had consumed 5-6 beers at a party. The officer on scene conducted a roadside sobriety test, the mayor apparently did not pass. A preliminary breath test registered a blood alcohol level of .179 and he was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.  A subsequent breath test at the station revealed a .17 blood alcohol result- over twice the legal limit in Minnesota. He was later released and no court date has been booked as of this report.

Moving forward when facing DWI charges

In order to build a compelling DWI defense against these charges, the mayor’s criminal defense counsel will have to carefully review all the facts of the case. This includes the roadside sobriety test performed by the Minnesota officer. In some cases, if police are found to have violated the rights of a suspected individual, the DWI charge could be thrown out altogether. It may also be possible for counsel to seek a lesser sentence if the accused man agrees to court-mandated alcohol counseling.

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