MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol said ex-Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was over the legal limit on the night he crashed his car.

The State Patrol said test results from the urine sample obtained from Brodkorb on Jan. 23 indicated his alcohol concentration was 0.10, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.

The sample was analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and has been submitted to the Lilydale City Attorney for possible charges.

Brodkorb, 39, was driving a 2004 Subaru Forester northbound on Interstate 35E at Highway 13 at about 9:15 p.m. that night when he hit the bridge wall at the walkway and then came to rest against the concrete barrier.

According to the State Patrol, Brodkorb was not wearing a seat belt. His airbag was deployed, and Brodkorb was alone in the car. He was taken to Regions Hospital in critical condition.

His wife released a statement on Jan. 25 saying his condition had improved.

Brodkorb was the chief spokesman for the Senate Republican caucus. In 2009, he was the deputy chair of Minnesota’s Republican Party.

Brodkorb was in the headlines last year when he was fired from the Senate after his affair with Amy Koch became public. He sued the state, claiming he was treated differently than female staffers who had affairs with male Senators.


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