Duluth Lawmaker Arrested for Suspected DWI

Posted at: 02/09/2013 1:41 PM
Updated at: 02/09/2013 1:53 PM

A Duluth state legislator was recently arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Law enforcement confirmed Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth) was arrested near Deerwood on Saturday, Feb. 2.  The only other item on Huntley's record is a citation for speeding in Aitkin County in 2007.

Huntley says that the trooper who pulled him over on Feb. 2 found a .083 blood-alcohol level after a breath analysis. The legal limit for driving is .08.

Huntley also says that he plans to plead guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated.

"I was guilty," he said. "I was over [the legal limit]."

According to Huntley, he was driving into town from his cabin in the Crosby area to get groceries.

Huntley's district covers the eastern half of Duluth.  He was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1992 and is now in his eleventh term.

Huntley is the chair of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee and also serves on the Elections, Health and Human Services Policy, and Ways and Means committees.