UPDATE: MN superintendent convicted of DWI

MN superintendent charged after deputy finds him drunk on school grounds, court documents allege
Gadbois mugshot
Gadbois mugshot(Kittson County Jail)
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 12:56 PM CDT
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KARLSTAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) - A Minnesota superintendent has been convicted in a DWI investigation after law enforcement found him nearly three times the legal limit in a vehicle on school grounds, court documents state.

55-year-old Michael Rene Gadbois, Superintendent of Tri-County Schools in Karlstad, Minn., was originally charged with second-degree DWI, open bottle and possession of alcohol on school grounds. Court records state the latter two charges have since been dismissed in a plea deal with Gadbois.

A Kittson County judge sentenced Gadbois to serve 28 days on house arrest, as well as two years of unsupervised probation.

Court documents state a Kittson County Sheriff Deputy was on routine patrol on Saturday, Sept. 25 when he saw Gadbois sitting in a Tri-County School mini van with his head resting between the steering wheel and the door. As the deputy approached Gadbois, documents say Gadbois’ eyes were bloodshot and he had a ‘very strong odor of alcoholic beverage’ on him.

Documents say when asked if he could give the deputy his license, Gadbois moved very slowly and accidentally gave the deputy a store credit card before finally getting his ID.

When the deputy tried to perform a field sobriety test on Gadbois, documents say Gadbois started falling backward ‘as he was too intoxicated to keep his balance.’ A blood alcohol test revealed a 0.21 reading, court records show.

The head custodian called investigators the following day stating he found a half-full bottle of vodka in the driver’s door of the school’s mini van that Gadbois had been in at the time of the arrest, documents say.

A review of Gadbois’ driving record shows two prior DWIs in Alaska from both 2015 and 2017.

Gadbois was placed on paid suspension after an Oct. 1 board meeting. A message on Gadbois’ status in the school district has yet to be returned.

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