BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Mercer County’s sheriff will plead guilty to driving while intoxicated, according to his attorney.
A jury trial for Sheriff Dean Danzeisen scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. Danzeisen was cited for driving under the influence in Bismarck last January. The charge says the sheriff’s blood alcohol content was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
Danzeisen initially pleaded not guilty and requested the case by moved to district court and heard by a jury.
His defense attorney, Christopher Redmann, says the primary reason for entering the guilty plea was that Danzeisen wanted to avoid involving other law officers in a trial.
Redmann says terms of the plea will place Danzeisen on 360 days of unsupervised probation. He also will complete a chemical dependency evaluation.
County Commission Chairman Marvin Schwehr says he wants more information about the plea and how the outcome of the case might affect the county. Schwehr says commissioners haven’t been told anything about the DUI case.
Danzeisen has been the county’s sheriff for more than 17 years.