ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have pulled over state lawmaker on probation for a drunken-driving offense in a possible violation of court conditions barring alcohol use and drinking and driving.

Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, was released on Wednesday with a warning after passing a blood alcohol test and field sobriety tests, Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka said Thursday. The sheriff said a deputy who pulled Buesgens over after receiving a complaint and watching him miss a turn signal smelled alcohol on his breath. Studnicka said Buesgens acknowledged having two drinks.

Buesgens tested 0.008 on a blood alcohol test, significantly below the legal limit of 0.08.

Studnicka said he will report the traffic stop to Wright County, where court records show that Buesgens is on probation until November 2012. The sheriff said it’s up to probation authorities and a judge to determine whether Buesgens will face consequences for the incident.

Officials with Wright County Court Services and Scott County Probation/Community Corrections didn’t immediately respond to voice mail messages.

Buesgens referred questions to his lawyer, Ron Rosenbaum.

“He certainly accepts responsibility for having a drink,” Rosenbaum said, adding that Buesgens called his probation officer to report the drinking.

Rosenbaum said Buesgens completed alcohol treatment as part of his sentence for the DWI offense.

The seven-term lawmaker pleaded guilty last November to a drunken-driving charge after being stopped in September for driving his car in a ditch and failing sobriety tests. Buesgens resigned as chairman of GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s campaign and as a consultant to the state Republican Party. He was re-elected by a wide margin last year.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers said in a statement that his caucus expects Buesgens to continue taking responsibility for his actions.

“We will support and pray for him in his recovery effort, and have requested that he seek additional professional evaluation and follow all recommended action,” Zellers said.

The Shakopee Valley News first reported the traffic stop.

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Comments (49)
  1. Patriot says:

    DFL fascist cops set him up.

    1. St Paul says:

      You call yourself a Patriot? That’s funny. How’s life in your grandma’s basement?

      1. republicans = good guys says:

        party of morals..

    2. Victim Du Jour says:

      “Minn lawmaker being stalked by a DFL Police Officer”

      1. Bobbi leland says:

        Did they also pour the alcohol down his throat…. Rep are cry a$$ babies!

  2. Enough Already says:

    I have a ZERO tolerance for people we elect/pay/trust to create our laws in our behalf then break them.

    Recall NOW!!!!

  3. JRay says:

    But Enough don’t you realize that the law was not made for him it was for us and as Patriot said he was probably set up too? Yeah right!! I’m sure the police down there have nothing better to do than wait for this guy to imbibe so that they can make some headlines! Recall now!!! Do you think perhaps someone could get him to sign a resignation paper so we don’t have to waste taxpayers time and efforts to do a recall?

    1. Patriot says:

      The DFL will stoop to any level to discredit a Loyal American. If you can’t see that, you’re either an idiot, or more likely, a DFL stooge.

      1. Anita Mann says:

        Loyalty to one’s country knows no political party. If you were truly a patriot, you would know that.

      2. Reasonable Moderate says:

        If you believe this man was “set up”, you are clearly detached from reality. He’s on probation, broke the rules and got caught. Deal with it.

        He should certainly resign and deal with his personal issues on his own time. (Wally the beer man has nothing to do with this man’s case – love the deflections!)

      3. Patriot says:

        That may be true, but no DemocRAT is a Loyal American. They are atheist socialist traitors. Honest, decent men like Mark Buesgens keep this country free from their depredations and should be honored.

      4. Rob T says:

        LMFAO – dude, I am a Republican. I will not comment on whether he is a Loyal American or not, one hopes that to be so.
        What I will comment on is this – if he was banned from alcohol and driving as a condition to something he needs to do the time on the other side if that’s what it calls for.
        Act like a dunce – get treated like one. He had his chance which many others don’t necessarily get.
        Lecture over

      5. Look at all the stupidity!!! says:

        So when are the posts going to include that you want everyone to put the nike shoes on, drink the punch, and wait in bed for the comet to come. You sound like you are trying to start a cult instead of trying to post on a political blog. Please do not have children as it should be a crime to raise others with the beliefs that you have shared here.

  4. Doneldon Dennis says:

    INEXCUSABLE BEHAVIOR: 1. driving under the influence, 2. using alcohol after a court order not to do so, 3. trying to politicise the issue and excuse the offense (Yes, you, “Patriot”), 4. making a nasty, polarizing, sarcastic response (et tu, St. Paul?)

    1. Patriot says:

      Buesgens is the victim of the same criminal tactics that the DFL has used to smear decent citizens like Tom Emmer. The DFL routinely commits fraud, using illegal aliens to steal elections from honest, law abiding Minnesotans. If you can’t see the lies and deceit, you must not want to, comrade Dennis.

      1. Rob T says:

        Patriot – wish I would have read further and seen this post before I posted above.
        You indeed are one sorry sob…that’s son of buzzards. 😉
        Grab some soap and clean up your act. Maybe sober up too I suppose

      2. Patriot says:

        Rob T, you are clearly nothing but a RINO. You’ll stand by and let the enemies of Freedom destroy a fellow Republican with their chicanery? Shame on you.

    2. Guilty in the press only says:

      1. Passed a blood alchohol test 2. Possible alchohol use offense to excuse. 4. your total response is nasty, polarizing and makes too many assumptions.

      1. Apolitical says:

        According to his attorney, he admits to using alcohol, which he is aware is a violation of his probation. No assumptions made.

  5. I C Idiots says:

    So this man should lose his job, but Wally the Beerman should just be forgiven for breaking the law? Wally was contributing to a minor who could have in turn gotten in a car, driven away, and gotten in an accident.

    1. U R One 2 says:

      This man has been caught before and still continues to disregard the laws. He WAS behind the wheel. Those kids Wally served might have gotten behind the wheel.

  6. Helper says:

    Typical hypocritical drunk republican. Probably a child molester too…

  7. Reasonable Moderate says:

    Put down the crack pipe, “Patriot”. LOL

  8. Gary Edstrom says:

    If Mark Buesqens probation said NO ALCOHOL then he should be on his way to jail. Scott County Shereiff Kevin Studricka did not so his job, He let a person go that should not have any alcohol in his blood. But that is right he is a State Lawmaker, no just a tax payer, So he should be let go. What was I thinking puting someone in jail that we voted into office. If that would have been anyone else in Scott County they would be in jail.

  9. sad says:

    He wasn’t drunk.

    1. BigTodd says:

      what part of no alcohol do you not get sad ???
      The order said no alcohol. That’s as specific as it can get. lol

  10. MARK says:

    “Patriot” is an embarrassment to the Republican party. Which is quite a feat, if you really think about the people in that party.

  11. Jake says:

    If this sot does not lose his job I will be very surprised. The funny part about this story is that not many of us were shocked to see him back in the news because of boozing it up. Good job coppers, rid your communities of these law breakers before an innocent life is lost.

  12. Victim Du Jour says:

    Child Molesters are in the teachers union, most of them in the real news anyway.

    1. tiredandretired says:

      Trying to change the subject, eh? No matter what you say, he broke the terms of his probation. He admitted it. End of story. DEAL WITH IT.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        I thought I was replying to the post made by “helper”, scroll up.

  13. Liz says:

    Hooray for republicans.

  14. shirley says:

    Is there a republican out there that , doesn’t say they were set up,when they get caufgt?

  15. Gog says:

    There goes his pension. Wait..wait, thats right, he authored the bill to take all public employees pensions away. Except volunteer firemen..wait ..wait, thats right, he is one. It’s enough to drive a man to drink.

  16. Bryson Powers says:

    How is he going to vote for conservative legislation if he isn’t drunk? No sober person would.

  17. Marie says:

    What’s wrong with being an Atheist? The answer: nothing, not one thing.

    1. Patriot says:

      Other than the fact that it makes you a traitor. One nation UNDER GOD!!!

      1. Apolitical says:

        You really have no clue, do you? You’re a Patriot, all right – like Hitler. Zero tolerance – annihilate all who dare to defy your definition of what’s right. Read the Constitution, why don’t you. Review the First Amendment. Think about what it actually means instead of using it as a punchline for your sick little jokes.

      2. tiredandretired says:

        Patriot, atheism doesn’t make you a traitor. One’s religious beliefs, or lack thereof, are not aggressive acts against one’s country. The only thing endangered is one’s own soul. Atheism is not the choice that I have made, but, in America we have the right to make that determination for ourselves. Jesus made it clear that he wants us to FREELY choose Him. You can’t FORCE someone’s love to exist; that is their call. In a free country, we should not judge others on the basis of their faith choices. According to the Bible, we have been instructed to leave that to God.

      3. UNDER GOD added 1954 says:

        Thats from the pledge of allegiance you idiot.
        Francis Bellamy a Christian Socialist Baptist minister, wrote the Pledge in August 1892.

        His original Pledge read as follows: ‘I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ He considered placing the word, ‘equality,’ in his Pledge, but knew that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans.

    2. Victim Du Jour says:

      Atheists sound and use the same tone of voice and preach the same as bible bangers too me.

  18. Dave Campbell says:

    Patriot, one nation under God was added to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 during the Macarthy witch hunts! Perhaps one of this countries darkest times when many innocent citizens were persecuted!

    1. Patriot says:

      Joseph McCarthy was a True American Patriot. You are not fit to lick his boots. His tireless efforts to protect our Liberty were a great service to America. Those who opposed him were godless communists and their dupes. Which are you ?

  19. Tom B says:

    Patriot, this is in no way connected to the DFL, president Obama, the teacher’s
    union, Wally the Beer Man or Mrs. Abernathy who lives down the street. A
    citizen’s personal religious convictions have no connection to it either. Crawl
    back under your rock and suck your thumb.

  20. Paula says:

    Patriot your an idiot.

  21. shamoo says:

    he is just another DRUNK so what..

  22. Para Noid says:

    Its all a ploy…to get us drunk on Canadian Whiskey, to buy radioactive Japaness cars as we shuffle off in our Italian loafers.

  23. Ed says:

    It’s a story of a man who happens to be a state law maker with an alcohol problem, nothing more.
    Remember people it could be worse, you could have half-wits like patriot grow a spine and want to serve office instead of spew insults from the sidelines.

  24. insignificant says:

    Wright county…thats where i had a DUI and i was scared to death on probation to break it,as they keep jail time for ya if you break the rules.Will be interesting to see how much jail time this guy is gonna get,cause he did break the rules for probation,eh?By the way,after Wright county got done with me,there is no way possible i would think of having just one beer and driving…the consequences are way too great,eh?

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