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December 4, 2013

Officer drunken-driving investigation continues

MANKATO — It could be more than two weeks before an outside prosecutor will determine whether or not drunken-driving charges should be filed against a Mankato police officer.

Daniel Padilla, a 20-year police veteran, was off duty when he was stopped at about 4:20 a.m. on Nov. 25 by a fellow Mankato officer in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The other officer suspected Padilla was intoxicated due to the way he was driving, a Department of Public Safety report said.

Public Safety Director Todd Miller said Wednesday that Padilla provided blood to be tested. That sample has been submitted for testing by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It can take up to four weeks, depending on the BCA's backlog, for test results to be returned, Miller said.

Once the results are returned, they will be forwarded to an outside prosecutor to avoid a conflict of interest, he said. That person will decide what, if any, charges will be filed.

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