Charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol have been filed in Minnesota District Court against a Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy.
DrydenWire.com received a citizen tip some days ago about possible charges in Minnesota against a Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy. The person's claim was backed up by information the website www.mugshots.com.
After several phone calls to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office, DrydenWire.com learned Washburn County Deputy Jordan Price was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol following a single-vehicle accident in Minneapolis. Price was booked into Hennepin County Jail in the early morning hours of March 31 and released around 6a with probable cause charges pending.
DrydenWire.com followed up with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office. Today, April 19, 2018, the Minneapolis City Attorney Office media spokesperson confirmed charges were filed today by the Minneapolis Attorney Office. At DrydenWire.com’s request that office sent a copy of the criminal complaint.
DrydenWire.com then notified the Washburn County Sheriff of the charges and our pending story. Sheriff Dryden released the following statement:
"DrydenWire.com contacted me for a comment on the arrest of Deputy Price. Deputy Price is currently on administrative leave until such time the court proceedings in Hennepin County have been concluded. Following the court disposition in Minnesota, I will proceed with my disciplinary process for violations of my Policies and Procedures - Sheriff Dryden’
According to the Complaint filed against Price in Hennepin County Minnesota District Court, on March 31, 2018, at approximately 2:19a, Minnesota State Patrol Troopers were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash located on I-35W southbound near Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota in Hennepin County.
The Criminal Complaint goes on to state that the responding Trooper observed a Chevrolet Silverado had struck a guardrail. Tracks indicated the driver was traveling southbound on I-35W when he lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, entered the embankment and came to rest on the right side of the guardrail.
The Trooper observed a male standing next to the vehicle. The male identified himself as Jordan Robert Price.
The Trooper asked Price if he had been driving the vehicle and he said that he had and went on to state that there was no one else in the vehicle with him.
While speaking with Price, the Trooper smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and noticed that his eyes were bloodshot, watery, and dilated. The Trooper asked Price if he had been drinking and he stated he had not.
According to the Criminal Complaint, Price stated to the Trooper that he was a Washburn County Deputy and that he had a firearm in the vehicle. The Trooper had Price perform several field sobriety tests - the HGN Test, walk and turn and he did not pass them. The Defendant was given a PBT, which he also failed.
Price was then placed under arrest. The Trooper conducted an inventory search of the vehicle before it was to be towed and noted that he saw a Glock .40 caliber pistol lying atop a duffle bag which was on the passenger side of the front seat. The Glock was loaded at the time.
Price, according to the Criminal Complaint, declined to speak to an attorney.
Price agreed to provide a breath sample, which tested .16 at 3:18a, according to the Criminal Complaint.
Price was then read the Firearms Implied Consent Advisory. Price again declined to speak to an attorney but agreed to take a second breath test, which registered a .16 at 3:54a.
Charges of Gross Misdemeanor DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol-3rd Degree; Gross Misdemeanor DWI-Operate Motor Vehicle-Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours-Third Degree; Misdemeanor Carrying Pistol While Under Influence of Alcohol; and Misdemeanor Carrying Pistol While Under Influence of Alcohol-Concentration 0.10 or More are filed against Price.
Price is scheduled to appear in Minnesota District Court for a hearing in May 2018 regarding these charges.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.