Oakdale police sergeant caught drinking and driving


Rolf Hagland

Sentenced to probation after guilty plea

Oakdale Police Patrol Sgt. Rolf Hagland, 46, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor charge, in Washington County Court Jan. 18.

Hagland was charged with DWI after he was found early in the morning of Dec. 7 slumped over the steering wheel in his running car, which was parked on the shoulder of Frenchman Road in Hugo.

He was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and be under supervised probation for two years, with a suspended sentence of 89 days in jail. Hagland also has to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment if the evaluation deems it necessary, and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel.

Efforts to reach Hagland for comment were unsuccessful, though Oakdale Police Chief William Sullivan said his department chose to wait until all of Hagland’s matters with Washington County Court were settled before beginning an internal investigation to see if any department policies were broken. With his sentencing complete, the internal investigation is underway.

In the mean time, Hagland is at work performing his normal duties.

“He’s working,” Sullivan said. “He has a valid driver’s license and all of those things. He’s fully able to work.”

Sullivan said he expects the internal investigation to take up to a month, and added that Hagland has been helpful and upfront throughout the process, noting he has been an “outstanding employee” during his time with the department.

“He obviously feels very badly,” Sullivan said. “He is a good person who made a mistake.”

Sullivian said Hagland has accepted full responsibility for his actions and that is why he pleaded guilty. “That’s a very important thing from my perspective,” Sullivan said.

 

Drunk and confused

According to the police report, at roughly 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 7, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over to help a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Frenchman Road just west of Oneka Parkway North. The vehicle, parked roughly a mile east of Interstate 35E in Hugo, was running and had its lights on.

When the deputy walked up to the vehicle he saw that a man, later identified as Hagland, who was off-duty, was slumped forward, asleep. Reportedly, after the deputy rapped on the window several times with his flashlight, Hagland came to. 

The deputy noted in his report that Hagland seemed “disoriented” and was mumbling words that didn’t make sense. He also noted the “overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

At that time, Hagland reportedly admitted he had consumed three or four drinks that were stronger than beer, and also asked what day it was. It was a Tuesday, but he said he thought that it was a Friday or Saturday, according to the police report.

After Hagland could not produce his driver’s license, the deputy went back to his squad car and found Hagland’s photo in his computer database. When he got back to Hagland’s vehicle, Hagland was on the phone with Washington County Dispatch.

The deputy reportedly had Hagland perform a series of tests including a breathalyzer to see how impaired he was. The breathalyzer showed that he had a .126 blood-alcohol concentration, and Hagland was arrested.

At around 2 a.m., Hagland took another breathalyzer test, in which he blew a .13.

While he was signing paperwork, Hagland reportedly asked the deputy what time he was pulled over. The deputy explained he had not been pulled over, but that he had been parked on the side of the road. Upon hearing this, Hagland was reportedly confused, because he said he should have been on Interstate 35E and not Frenchman Road. 

The police report also states Hagland asked if he were in the south part of the county, if he would still be getting a DUI.

Hagland was quoted in a 2006 Lillie News article in reference to a statewide Safe and Sober enforcement and education campaign happening at the time. He said, “It’s a simple concept — if you drive impaired and you are over the legal limit of 0.08, you will be under arrest. ... There’s also a simple solution: designate a sober driver or use alternative transportation.”

 

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com.

 

 

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