MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minnesota lawmaker apologized Friday for driving affected last weekend.
State Representative Tou Xiong (DFL-Maplewood) issued a statement saying he made a “terrible mistake” on Saturday.
“After leaving a community gathering, I was stopped by the police for driving under the influence. My actions are unforgivable and I sincerely apologize. I have a lot of work to do in the coming days, weeks and months to regain the trust of my constituents and people I have failed and that will be my focus going forward. ”
Xiong is the second elected official in the twin cities to apologize for driving under the influence in recent weeks. Last month, Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson pleaded guilty to DWI after crashing into a county-owned vehicle in central Minnesota.
A number of Hennepin County commissioners and other government officials have called on Hutchinson to resign, but the sheriff said he will let Hennepin County residents decide his future in November.