A Minnesota lawmaker from Maplewood on Friday apologized publicly after being charged with drunk driving this week.
Representative Tou Xiong, a Democrat serving his second term in the House of Representatives representing several eastern metro communities, has been charged with two misdemeanors: second-degree driving while depressed and had a blood alcohol level above 0.08 within two hours of being pulled over. He was booked into the Anoka County jail and released the next day, court records show.
Other details about the incident were not available from authorities Friday night.
April 5 arrangements have been scheduled.
In a statement released on Friday, Xiong said the following:
“On the night of Saturday, January 8, 2022, I made a terrible mistake and would like to apologize for my actions. After leaving a community gathering, I was kicked out by law enforcement for influence driving. My actions were inexcusable and I sincerely apologize. I have a lot of work to do in the coming days, weeks and months to regain the trust of those voters and people I have let down, and that will be my focus going forward. “
Xiong directed the questions to his attorney, Charlie Clippert.
On Friday night, Clippert said the gathering Xiong attended that included relatives, friends and related hunting season was coming to an end. He declined to provide further comment.
Xiong represents District 53A, which includes parts of Maplewood, Oakdale and Woodbury.
Mara H. Gottfried contributed to this report.
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