MINNESOTA: Sheriff David Hutchinson charged with DWI after wrecking his patrol car; suffering injuries in rollover; says he is sorry – was Sheriff boozing it up with his fellow Sheriffs at Winter Conference of Sheriffs?

Minnesota State Police patrol cars
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson is facing misdemeanor DWI charges in connection to a rollover crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in central Minnesota.

The Douglas County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Hutchinson, of Bloomington, is charged with fourth-degree driving while impaired, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 within two hours. According to investigators, the sheriff’s blood alcohol content was .13, as determined by a urine sample.

In a statement after the crash, Hutchinson admitted to drinking and driving.

“I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Hennepin County, I am held to a higher standard. I regret the choice I made and apologize to the citizens I serve, the staff I work with, and the friends and family who support me.”


FROM Twin Cities Pioneer Press:
He is charged with three crimes related to driving while impaired and one for carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol, according to the Douglas County attorney’s office.

Besides potential jail time and fines, Hutchinson will be unable to carry a gun for one year if convicted on the gun charge. MORE

MSA Winter Conference

The 2021 MSA SHERIFF  WINTER Conference will held on DECEMBER 5-7

and the The 2021 MSA CHIEF DEPUTY & SUPERVISORS Conference will be held on DECEMBER 7 & 8 (Overlapping one day with the Sheriffs) in person at:



Sheriff David Hutchinson took office as the 28th Sheriff of Hennepin County on January 7, 2019.


As Sheriff, he has focused on issues of staff and community wellness, community safety, and providing a workforce that mirrors the residents of Hennepin County. He is nationally recognized for his work on providing officer wellness and medically assisted treatment for incarcerated individuals experiencing opioid addiction. In the first year of his administration, Sheriff Hutchinson created an internal wellness unit called Tri Wellness in order to help his staff deal with the stresses of the law enforcement field. He firmly believes that keeping deputies mentally, physically and spiritually healthy will lead to better service for the public.

In response to the changing responsibilities of law enforcement, he created two new divisions within the agency: The Community Outreach Division, and The Criminal Intelligence Division. The Community Outreach Division is focused on improving bonds between law enforcement and the communities they serve and includes programs such as the Community Engagement team and Sheriff’s Youth Program. The Criminal Intelligence Division is focused on data-driven policing, using information to identify crime patterns, forecast criminal trends, generate investigative leads, assist with the identification of suspects involved in criminal activity, and much more.  

Sheriff Hutchinson is dedicated to strengthening relationships with partner agencies and local law enforcement offices. He currently serves as Technology Chair for the Major County Sheriff’s Association, and as Secretary for the Major County Sheriff’s Association Foundation Board. He is a member of the Minnesota Post Board and serves on the board of YouthLink.