‘I apologize’: State lawmaker, a retired deputy, reportedly arrested after drunken display at Best Western bar

A Republican legislator in Minnesota was reportedly arrested this weekend on suspicion of trespassing.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, state Rep. Matt Grossell addressed the incident in a statement on Saturday afternoon, hours after he was released on his own recognizance from a Ramsey County jail.

“Saturday morning, I received a citation in St. Paul,” he wrote. “I apologize to my family, my constituents, my colleagues, and my friends. As a retired Deputy Sheriff, I will fully cooperate with any next steps.”

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Serving his second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Grossell is a member of three legislative committees.

He has made his service in law enforcement a theme of his political career and is seen as an advocate for police.

The 53-year-old elected official was identified in news reports as a single father of three adult children.

Police reports indicate officers took Grossell into custody at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday and he was released hours later with a promise to appear in court.

In a statement on Sunday, the St. Paul Police Department indicated that police responded to a Best Western early the previous morning in response to a complaint that an intoxicated and disorderly person at the hotel’s bar. As reported by MPR News, emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene a short time later in response to the officers’ assessment that he was incapable of caring for himself.

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[Featured image: Matt Grossell, Minnesota House of Representatives]