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More calls for Hennepin County Sheriff Hutchinson to resign

By: - January 21, 2022 3:19 pm

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson. Photo courtesy of Hennepin County.

A growing number of state lawmakers are calling on Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson to resign a day after the Minnesota State Patrol made public investigative materials saying that Hutchinson was driving more than 120 miles per hour seconds before his Dec. 8 DWI crash. 

On Friday, state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who served four terms as Douglas County Sheriff, one of the police departments that investigated the crash, called on Hutchinson to step down. 

“Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson’s actions in my district last December are simply unacceptable from any law enforcement officer,” he said in a statement. 

The investigation has called into question Hutchinson’s account of the crash, for which he has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree DWI and is now serving probation. It also showed he lied to police initially about who was driving his county-issued SUV, saying a cab driver had been driving.

“He drove under the influence, with a loaded firearm, at high speeds, without a seatbelt,” Ingebrigtsen said. “He totaled a county vehicle and lied to other law enforcement officials. He purposefully complicated the situation to confuse his peers and avoid responsibility.”

On Thursday, DFL Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said Hutchinson should resign. State Rep. Kristin Robbins, R-Maple Grove, also has called on him to leave office and has urged Attorney General Keith Ellison to review the handling of Hutchinson’s case. 

Hutchinson has declined to comment on newly-released materials, which included dash-cam footage of the Dec. 8 crash. He said he will leave it to voters to determine his political future.

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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.

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