The Deputy Democrat in the Minnesota House, Rep. Dan Wolgamott, was taken into custody on Friday evening on charges of drunk driving.
Wolgamott was stopped on the highway by a Minnesota State Patrol officer.
The trooper noted in the incident report that Wolgamott’s car was swerving, missing a front license plate, and had outdated registration.
Following a report about an individual consuming vodka in a liquor store parking area, the officer was alerted to a car similar to the one Wolgamott was operating.
Wolgamott was the sole occupant in the car when the incident occurred.
The Representative did not pass the officer’s sobriety tests on the field, which included a breathalyzer test indicating his blood alcohol level at 0.106 percent, exceeding the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
According to the incident report, Wolgamott was apprehended under suspicion of impaired driving, and a fluid sample was collected.
The report states that he was subsequently booked at Kanabec County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree DWI.
Kanabec County Attorney Barbara McFadden informed that Wolgamott had been released from custody on personal recognizance while awaiting charges.
The filing of those charges has been delayed until later in the week as the small court in that area is currently dealing with other higher-priority cases.
This recent legal entanglement for Wolgamott follows his recognition as the Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.
The organization’s executive director has praised Wolgamott as a staunch ally and advocate of law enforcement and public safety enhancement.
Wolgamott is known for endorsing progressive agendas in the Minnesota House.
He has championed legislation that would issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, sponsored a bill to permit permanent absentee voting, and supported legislation allowing unrestricted access to abortions.
Additionally, Wolgamott has engaged with several notable national Democrats.
He shared on Twitter that he has collaborated with Minnesota’s U.S. Senators, Amy Klobuchar, and Tina Smith, and expressed his honor in welcoming Vice President Kamala Harris to St. Cloud.
Despite the circumstances, Wolgamott’s mugshot suggests he was in high spirits during his arrest.