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Reading Buesgens’ Police Report

by TwoPuttTommy on September 22, 2010 · 6 comments

Knowing that there’s usually more to the story than what’s being reported, I hit the road yesterday for the Wright County Sheriff’s Office – pictured, to the right – for a copy of Mark Buesgen’s arrest report.  Later today, we’ll have the full report available here in .pdf format.  For now,  we’ll do excerpts pretty much do all the narrative.  

And the Wright County Sheriff’s Office isn’t the only place I visited yesterday; we’ll have more on Team Emmer’s Drinking Team later today.  

Here’s the Arresting Officer’s Synopsis:

On 09/18/10 while traveling S/B on CR 8 at CR 106, I observed MN (plate #, deleted) traveling N/B in the east ditch on CR8, The driver of the vehicle pulled onto the shoulder and I made contact with the driver.

The driver was identified as Buesgens who was alone in the vehicle.  I could detect the faint odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with very slurred speach.  I administered Field Sobriety Testing and a Preliminary Breath Test sample with a result of .19.  An open bottle of Vodka was located inside of the vehicle.

Buesgens was transported to the Wright County Jail, read implied consent, and provided a breath sample with the result of .16

His vehicle remained parked out of the way of traffic.

Now, this story is important for several reasons; one of which being that reasonable people no longer have any reason to believe Republicans are telling the truth.  After this story broke, Minnesota Public Radio reported:

A spokesman for Emmer says Buesgens’ last day employed by the campaign was September 12, when moved over to the state party.

Anyone paying attention now knows that not to be true.  So what else was in the report?  Let’s look!


On September 18, 2010 at 2237 hours (that’s 10:37 pm, folks) I was traveling southbound on CR 8 at approximately a quarter mile from the intersection of CR 106.

At that location I observed Minnesota license plate (deleted) driving in the east side ditch traveing northbound on CR 8.

I then turned my squad car around and got behind it to see if the driver needed any assistance.

The vehicle was approximately 30 feet inside the ditch almost into the corn field.

It appeared the driver was rying to figure out a way to get out of the ditch.

When it did pull up onto a field approach I moved my squad behind it and initiated a raffic stop to see if the driver needed any assistace.

Initiated a traffic stop at that spot.

As I approached the vehicle I identified the driver as ark William Buesgens from Jordan, Minnesota.

I asked Buesgens if he was okay and he told me that he had fallen asleep after just leaving Waverly on his way home to Jordan.

While I was talking to Buesgens I could detect a faint smell of alcohol he made from his breath.

He aso had very slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes.  Buesgens stated he had a couple of beers while he was at a political fund raiser in Waverly.

I then asked him to step out of the vehicle and perform some tests to make sure he was okay to drive.

He agreed and he moved to the front of my squad car.
(Officer describes field sobriety tests)
He then quit the test early, saying he wasn’t able to complete it.

At that time Sgt. Deringer arrived on scene and I used his preliminary breath test.  Buesgen’s PBT results indicated a .19

Buesgens was told that he was under arrest and placed hand cuffs that were double-locked.

I placed him into my car.

Buesgens asked if I would be able to get his cell phone and keys out of the vehicle, which I told him I would be able to.

When I walked up to the vehicle on the river’s side, I opened the driver’s side door and there I found a three-quarters full bottle of vodka.  The vodka bottle was open with no top on it sitting on the floorboard of the driver’s seat.

I then took the bottle and placed it on the hood of y squad car and eventually poured it out on the shoulder of the road.

I then went to look for any other damage on Buesgen’s Vehicle.

It appeared that the passenger side all had fresh damage
going from the rear bumper all the way to the front bumper and actually ore off the mirror and the door handle fell off the vehicle.

It was determined that Buesgens left the roadway and went in th ditch approximately 200 years from CR 106.  Once in the ditch, his vehicle struck a ‘no passing sign’.

The vehicle was not towed to the road due to the vehicle being out of the way of traffic.

Buesgens told me that he was not aware that he hit anything, and that the damage to the vehicle was caused when his daughter backed out of the garage at home.

I then transported Buesgens to the Wright County Jail, and at 2232 (sic) hours Implied consent Advisory was read to him.

Buesgens stated that he understood everything I explained and he wished to consult with an attorney.

At that time I gave him phone books and the phone to contact an attorney.

I also let him use his cell phone because he told me he had some numbers on theere.

During the time I allowed him to contact an attorney, he contacted his brother and asked him to tell his wife what had happened.

I then again let Buesgens know that the phone and phone books were available for him to contact an attorney at 2340 hours and he did not contact an attorney at that time.

At 2245 (sic) hours he informed me that he wasn’t going to be able to get hold of an attorney and he would be willing to take a breath test.

At 0000 hours Buesgens submitted to an Intoxilyzer test with the result of .16 BAC

As the test concluded I went back into the interview room, and at 0001 hours Mirana warning was read to Buesgens and he understood what I explained to him.

He was willing to go through some interview questions with me at that time.

After I completed the interview I continued to process the paperwork; had him sign his Notice and Order of Revocation for his driver’s license and booked him for fourth degree DUI and open bottle.



This interview was recroded in Room J1231 of the Wright County Jail

Buesgens stated that he was driving from Waverly to Jordan.

He was approximately 1 mile west of the Waverly Liquor Store at a fundraiser.

Buesgens stated that he was going to Jordan to go home.

Buesgens stated the vehicle he was operating does not have any mechanical defects.

Buesgens stated he is also the owner of the vehicle.

Buesgens stated he was not taking any medication.

Buesgens stated he would not use marijuana or any other street drug.

Buesgens stated he is not diabetic or epileptic.

He stated he was not having speech difficulties

Buesgens stated he had been drinking, and that he was drinking vodka and beer; approximately three beers and a shot of vodka.

Buesgens stated the drinks were 12 ounce beers and a one ounce shot of vodka, and his first drink was at 1630 hours and his last drink was around 2000 hours.

Buesgens stated that he did not have anything to drink since he was driving.

Buesgens stated the last time he had eaten was the day before in the evening where he had had rice and beans with some beef.

Buesgens stated that he did feel the effects of the alcohol he had to drink.

Buesgens stated he did not feel what he drank affected his ability to drive.

Buesgens stated he does not have a prior DWI either.

Buesgens stated the bottle of vodka in the vehicle as his and he was unsure where the cap was.

Buesgens stated he was very sorry for everything he had done and he knew he had screwed up.


Cleared by arrest.


To County Attorney’s Office

(the Wright County Law Enforcement Center)

(the ditch Buesgens drove into; tire tracks visible)

(the “no passing” sign, showing new damage)

(tire tracks in the ditch)

(all photographs by TwoPuttTommy)

ldc September 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for the investigative work!

Alec September 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Collet claimed she only had 2 glasses of wine. This guy claimed he had 4 drinks over a 4.5 hour period. They both registered over twice the legal limit. That is a hell of a lot more than 2 glasses of wine of 4 drinks.

In fact, he probably wouldn’t even have been busted if he had only 5 drinks in a 4.5 hour period. check out the chart below.

allequash September 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm

dyna September 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

So far to the right he went into the ditch. And the vodka? Probably wasn’t even Minnesota (Shakers) made!

NorthernMNer September 23, 2010 at 2:11 am

This should be required reading:

Melinda Ladd September 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Buesgens was a guest speaker for my class on Wed. September 15th, he arrived at 7:00 pm. As of that time he was still woking as the Finance Chairman for Emmer’s campain. So the claim he was no longer employeed as of 9.12.10 is false.  

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