A Minnesota Mayor was charged with driving under the influence after leading police on a low speed chase, authorities said.
Mankato Mayor John David Brady, 61, had a blood alcohol level of .242, police said, which is more than 3 times the legal limit.
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According to the criminal complaint, Brady was so intoxicated the arresting officer couldn’t understand what he was saying and first thought Brady was speaking a foreign language.
The complaint alleges Brady was driving erratically last Saturday afternoon in the city of Golden Valley, which is just outside Minneapolis.
Brady repeatedly crossed over the divider and drifted in and out of lanes while a police car followed with its emergency lights on.
The car then struck another vehicle at a red light but kept on going, the complaint said. Eventually, he came to a stop and was ordered out of his car by a police officer, according to the complaint.
“The defendant admitted that he had been drinking,” the officer said. When Brady was asked where he was from, the officer “could not understand the defendant as his speech was so impaired and mumbled that it appeared he was speaking a foreign language,” the complaint said.
In addition, Brady allegedly “was so unsteady on his feet” that the officer “had him hold onto his vehicle.”
A bottle of Smirnoff Vodka was found inside the driver’s door, police said.
Brady was arrested for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and being in possession of an open bottle.
Mayor Brady, who was released from custody, was not available for comment.
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