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December 20, 2013

Officer accused of DWI resigns

Charges still pending against 20-year police veteran

MANKATO — A veteran Mankato police officer stopped Nov. 25 for allegedly driving while intoxicated has resigned, ending an internal investigation.

Possible criminal charges are still pending for Daniel Padilla, a 20-year veteran who started working as a police officer for the Mankato Department of Public Safety in April 1993.

Police reports about the incident, including results from a blood test taken after he was arrested at about 4:20 a.m., have been turned over to St. Peter City Attorney James Brandt.

Brandt said Friday he has the information needed to decide if charges should be filed, but his work has not been completed.

An officer who joined the force last summer, Jase Guetter, stopped Padilla near the intersection of Lincoln and Parsons streets. Once the stop was made, Sgt. Chris Baukol also was sent to assist, according to Department of Public Safety records. Guetter reported he suspected Padilla, who was off duty at the time, was intoxicated due to the way he was driving.

Padilla's blood was drawn to determine blood-alcohol concentration. That sample had to be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing. Padilla was not arrested or taken to jail after the test was completed, which isn't uncommon when someone suspected of drunken driving submits to a test and has a sober person to take them home, said Cmdr. Amy Vokal.

Padilla, who has been on paid administrative leave since he was stopped, submitted his resignation Wednesday, said City Manager Pat Hentges. His last day of administrative leave pay was Friday, but he will continue to be paid for unused vacation and sick time through Jan. 3. There was no separation agreement and no disciplinary action.

The internal investigation was stopped because there wouldn't be any discipline for an officer no longer working for the city, Hentges said.

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