EAGAN, Minn. — Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire has been charged with drunken driving after crashing into a snowbank with a blood alcohol level more than two times the legal limit, according to a criminal complaint.
Maguire, the city’s mayor since 2007, was charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor third-degree driving while impaired this past week. The charges stem from a Jan. 11 arrest in a residential neighborhood located just over a half-mile from his home.
According to the Jan. 13 criminal complaint, Eagan police were called just after 8 p.m. to a report of a vehicle stuck in a snowbank.
An officer saw a sports utility vehicle with its engine running parked over the curb and in the snowbank.
The officer identified the driver behind the wheel as 52-year-old Maguire and smelled alcohol on him, the complaint alleges. He had slow and slurred speech, and bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes.
Maguire failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test — when an officer uses a penlight and asks someone to follow the light with his eyes, the complaint alleges. Maguire refused to do other field sobriety tests.
“(Maguire) was swaying and staggering and needed assistance walking and being seated in the squad car,” the complaint read.
After Maguire was placed under arrest and read his rights, he agreed to submit a breath test, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, charges say.
The case is being handled by the Hastings city attorney’s office to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Maguire, who was charged by summons, is due to make a first appearance in Dakota County District Court in Hastings at 9 a.m. Feb. 12.
Maguire, who owns and operates a communication and strategic consulting business, did not return calls Monday afternoon seeking comment.
Maguire has hired an attorney, James Blumberg, who when reached Monday said that neither he nor the mayor would comment on the charges.
Maguire served four years on the Eagan City Council before being elected mayor in 2006. He ran unopposed in 2014 and 2018; his current term ends in 2022.