Mankato mayor pleads guilty to drunk driving charge

Mankato Mayor John Brady pleaded guilty to drunk driving today but won’t spend any time in jail.

His guilty plea to fourth-degree drunken driving, and an open bottle charge, means he must pay fines of $500 plus court costs and attend a DWI program. He’ll spend three days doing community service, and the rest of a 60-day workhouse sentence was stayed.

According to the Mankato Free Press, he told a judge in a crowded and noisy Minnetonka traffic court: “I look at this as an opportunity and see this as a gift, in a way,”

The paper notes he had been charged with four misdemeanors, including leaving the scene of an accident, possessing an open bottle of alcohol and driving at nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication. Police said Brady drove for at least five minutes after an officer tried to pull him over, and hit a vehicle before stopping.

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