BUFFALO (WCCO) — A Minnesota lawmaker who pleaded guilty to driving drunk last September learned his punishment.

Mark Buesgens, a Republican state representative from Jordan, was arrested in Wright County after a deputy saw him drive his car in a ditch. Dash cam video from the deputy’s car showed Buesgens failing a field sobriety test.

Buesgens was sentenced to 90 days in the Wright County Jail. However, he won’t have to serve that time unless he violates his probation over the next two years.

The sentence also requires Buesgens to attend a MADD impact panel, participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for 12 weeks and perform 60 hours of community service.

He’s also not allowed to drink or use drugs.

Buesgens was reelected to his position in the Minnesota Legislature earlier this month.

Comments (8)
  1. Gary Collis says:

    another republican gets a break , wonder what a normal working person would get same break

  2. What says:

    Was his licenses suspended ?

  3. Sorry for my stupidity says:

    I wish I could have had a judge like this. I got a DWI 1 year ago and this was the 1st time I had ever been arrested or even gotten a ticket. I had my license taken away for 6 months, a $1,500 fine, 7 days in jail and also had to pay for a public defender because I make $50 too much to have 1 provided for me. I also had house arrest for an additional 14 days where I had to pay for the service which was $25 a day and take breath tests that were randomly called in over a “phone horn”. The other part that makes me mad about this is that I am on probation for 7 years….. This sounds fair right?

  4. tom says:

    wow. dwi, drive car in the ditch, no jail and still got elected. i love america

  5. Jay says:

    Well, I see Mn is just as lenient with their representatives as they are in WI!! You or your neighbor might get jail and the huge fine, revoked license, but these clowns go free!! Something is DEFINITELY wrong with our justice system!

  6. John says:

    As long as drinking & bar-hopping are an acceptable part of our culture, we will continue to read about DWI’s and the innocent people who are often victimized by drunk drivers.
    You don”t have to drink to have a good time.

  7. WOw says:

    This is actually pretty typical for a 1st offense. You should read the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicle Drivers Manual, the one that is given to people in Drivers Ed.

  8. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    He got a lesser punishment because_____. Normally the punishment in a case like this would have been _____. He has had, or never had a DWI before. He had this to say about what he did______. We asked these questions because we wanted you to know. Poor story C- on this one

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