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BRODKORB CRASH: Former Senate staffer had .10 BAC

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Michael Brodkorb had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 when he crashed into a wall on Interstate 35, according to results of a urine sample analysis by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Brodkorb, the man at the center of a scandal involving the former Minnesota Senate majority leader, was in critical condition after the Mendota Heights crash. His condition has since improved.

Troopers said Brodkorb was found alone and unconscious, and they reported smelling alcohol.
The case has been submitted to the Lilydale city attorney for review and possible charges.

Friends told FOX 9 News Brodkorb wasn't a heavy drinker. In fact, his friend and fellow political operative Chris Tiedeman was nearly killed by a drunk driver last March. Tiedeman's wife died of her injuries.

Lt. Eric Roeske told FOX 9 News that  investigators do not know where Brodkorb was coming from or where he was going. So far, they have not been able to talk to him, and no one is believed to have witnessed the crash other than the driver who called 911.

The crash is the latest chapter in Brodkorb's Shakespearean-like narrative of triumph and tragedy.

Initially, he had been hired by the Republican Senate Caucus as a strategist and messenger, and his sharp skills led the GOP to regain control of the Senate in 2010.

Brodkorb filed a wrongful termination lawsuit last year after he was fired over an affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. Brodkorb alleges he was fired due to gender discrimination when their extramarital affair was revealed, claiming female employees who were also involved in affairs were treated differently and describing the decision as a "palace coup."

So far, the tab to try and settle the case has reached nearly $200,000.

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