Duluth Chamber President Pleads Guilty To DWI

Matthew Baumgartner

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Chamber President Matthew Baumgartner pleaded guilty to a DWI charge.

According to court records, on Friday Baumgartner pleaded guilty to one Driving While Intoxicated charge, and prosecutors dropped a second charge. He was sentenced to a year in jail, and a fine of $2,000.

However, he can stay out of jail, and pay only 50 dollars of the fine, if he complies with other requirements of a two-year probation. That includes using a car ignition interlock system, no similar offenses, attending a Victim Impact Panel, and random testing for alcohol use.

In September, police had been called to a downtown Duluth parking ramp for a report of man nodding off in his car. Baumgartner was inside and police say he was unable to speak. His blood alcohol level was 3 times over the legal limit.

He later sent a letter of apology to Chamber of Commerce members. He said he had received counseling at a treatment center and was working to become rebuild trust and become a better person.

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