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January 16, 2014

Former officer faces DWI charge

Suspect reportedly chased twice on foot after traffic stop

MANKATO — A former Mankato police officer is facing several charges for allegedly driving while intoxicated and attempting to run from the officer who had stopped him while he was driving on a residential Mankato street in November.

Daniel Padilla, 52, resigned Dec. 18 after working as a Mankato police officer for just over 20 years.

When Padilla was arrested Nov. 25, he allegedly had a blood-alcohol concentration of about .22, well over twice the legal limit of .08 for driving, and refused to cooperate with Jase Guetter, the officer who stopped him and took away his keys. Guetter reported Padilla refused to stay seated in the Jeep Cherokee he was driving, attempted take his keys back from Guetter and attempted to run away twice.

It was about 4:18 a.m. when Guetter said he saw Padilla's red Jeep nearly hit two vehicles while driving on Glenwood Avenue. He reported he started following the Jeep and watched as it failed to stop for a stop sign when it turned onto Warren Avenue and continued to weave in its lane as it traveled on Lincoln Street. Guetter reported he immediately recognized Padilla after he stopped him for driving erratically.

Guetter reported he muted his body microphone and used his cellphone to call his supervisor, Sgt. Chris Baukol, to assist because he wasn't comfortable dealing with the situation alone due to the personal and professional relationship he had with Padilla. It was while they were waiting for Baukol to get to the intersection of Lincoln and Grove streets that Padilla allegedly became angry with Guetter, attempted to take the keys and escape, according to the criminal complaint filed Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court.

Guetter reported he was able to grab Padilla quickly after he ran the first time, but Padilla fell into a vehicle parked on Lincoln Street and had to be calmed down. After getting Padilla back to the Jeep, Padilla became more angry and ran away down an alley, the complaint said. This time Padilla fell to the ground when he was caught and Guetter made him sit there until Baukol arrived.

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