MN State Patrol: Michael Brodkorb's Alcohol Level Was Over Legal Limit At Time of Crash

The former Republican staffer was seriously injured in a crash in late January.


The Minnesota State Patrol announced late Thursday afternoon that Michael Brodkorb's alcohol level was over the legal limit for impairment when he was seriously injured in a car crash in late January.

The former Republican staffer had an alcohol concentration of 0.10, above the limit of 0.08 for impaired driving, according to a urine sample analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Brodkorb was seriously injured after a vehicle he was driving struck the median wall on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights Jan. 23. Brodkorb was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

His wife, Sarah, issued a statement on his improvement one week later.

Brodkorb rose to prominence as the chief spokesman of the Minnesota Senate Republican caucus. He was fired in 2012 when his affair with then Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, of Wright County, became public.

The State Patrol says the case has been submitted to Lilydale City Attorney Tom Lehmann for review and possible charges.

Happy in St. Michael February 08, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I hope they throw the book at him! Drunk driving is no accident and, while I'm thankful he didn't die and isn't more seriously injured, he could have killed or injured someone else. There is absolutely no excuse for someone to drink and drive (no water or soda jabs, please). Please use a designated driver, walk, or take a cab (carefully).
Al Anderson February 08, 2013 at 01:00 PM
While I agree that Brodkorb or any other politician should be treated the same as any other citizen regarding a DUI charge, I do not understand why this article merits any Patch space. What is the hyperlocal relevance?
Liala Helal February 08, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Amy Koch represented the St. Michael area and Wright County, and was the Senate Majority Leader before her affair with Michael Brodkorb became public. She stepped down and he was fired. That's the local tie here.
Al Anderson February 08, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Amy Koch is also no longer our Senator. Regardless, what does that affair have to do with Brodkorb's DUI? Brodkorb is not from anywhere near St Michael/Albertville/Otsego. So, there is no local tie here as you assert
JT February 08, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Al (aka Layne) cracks me up.


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