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Lawmakers ask Sheriff Hutchinson to resign, probe into preferential treatment

The county SUV destroyed by Sheriff Hutchinson (FOX 9)

Gov. Tim Walz is among Minnesota state lawmakers calling on Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson to resign after new evidence in his fourth-degree DUI conviction comes to light.

Newly released records indicate that Hutchinson told law enforcement that he was not driving his county-issued vehicle at the time of the accident, that he was traveling at 126 miles per hour at the time of the accident and that he was not wearing his seat belt. The files also indicate that Hutchinson lied in previous television interviews about his decision to get behind the wheel.

When reporters asked Governor Walz if he thought Hutchinson should resign, he replied “yes”.

“I think most Minnesotans know, and most Minnesotans understand, that there are consequences for such decisions. I want him to get the help he needs to get on with his life,” said Governor Walz.

Minnesota State Rep. Kristin Robbins (R-34A) is asking the attorney general’s office to investigate whether Hutchinson received special treatment. Hutchinson was able to plead guilty and receive his sentencing just 12 days after the crash and before investigators said they learned how fast he was going at the time of the crash. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said not having this information at the time of sentencing is “not an anomaly; it usually takes time to process this information.”

“When I saw that 126 miles per hour, any other Minnesotan would have their driver’s license revoked and it didn’t happen to him, and he suffered no other serious consequences,” Rep. Robbins said.

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Under Minnesota state law, drivers can have their licenses revoked for driving speeds over 100 miles per hour, especially while under the influence.

“Everyone should be treated the same, and you can’t have different justice for public servants than we have for ordinary Minnesotans,” Rep. Robbins said.

The POST Board has requested documents in this case to begin this investigation, but says they must follow their due process before anything happens. The POST Board can only pursue an investigation into the licensing of law enforcement officers after a conviction.

RELATED: Dashcam video released during the DWI arrest of Sheriff Hutchinson of Henn Co.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State Rep. Cedrick Frazier (D-45A) is proposing a new bill that would allow licenses to be revoked before a conviction, acting similarly to other state licensing boards. ‘State.

There are three ways Hutchinson could lose his job: 1.) He could be kicked out in a recall or the next election, 2.) He could resign, or 3.) the POST board could strip him of his license. ‘law application.

Rep. Robbin’s full statement here

MAPLE GROVE, MN – After new details surfaced regarding the circumstances of Sheriff David Hutchinson’s drunk driving arrest in December 2021, Hennepin County Rep. Kristin Robbins (R-Maple Grove) is calling Hutchinson to resign and urges Attorney General Keith Ellison to review the handling of his case.

“As new facts emerge about Sheriff Hutchinson’s arrest, it becomes clear that he must resign. Evidence newly released today shows he was driving over 100 miles per hour without a seatbelt and that he lied about it when confronted by responding officers. This is unacceptable behavior for anyone, let alone our county’s top law enforcement official. He must face the consequences of his actions, just as Minnesotans would for the same flagrant violations of the law,” Robbin said.

Robbins added that she publicly called on Attorney General Keith Ellison to review the handling of the case, citing the accelerated timeline and hastily dismissed charges.

“I am troubled that Sheriff Hutchinson may have received inappropriate preferential treatment, and I call on Attorney General Ellison to review this case. Sheriff Hutchinson’s case was completed within days, and there are indications that several violations of state law have occurred that were either dismissed or never charged in the first place.

“Minnesota residents need to know that our judges are prosecutors who are there to enforce the law fairly. Whether it’s repeat offenders being cleared after probation violations or a powerful sheriff getting a deal special plea, we see that confidence in our system is eroding Average Minnesotans would not be able to settle these serious charges in days Average Minnesotans would have their licenses revoked and their gun rights taken away if they were driving under the influence at over 100 miles an hour with multiple weapons in the vehicle. . The Attorney General needs to verify whether this case was handled properly,” Robbins concluded.

Sheriff Hutchinson was arrested in the early morning hours of December 8. His case was resolved the following week when he pleaded guilty to a single DWI charge on December 16. carrying a weapon under the influence. Hutchinson has not been charged with extreme speed — any speed limit violation that involves driving more than 100 miles per hour results in automatic license revocation under state law.