The executive director of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party was arrested Saturday under suspicion of drunk driving after hitting two parked cars, a police report said.
Corey Day, who has been with the party since October 2011, was still in Hennepin County jail late Monday afternoon.
According to a police report, police were called to 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis Saturday night on a report of an accident involving a possible drunk driver and found two parked vehicles had been struck. Day, 36, was arrested and booked for driving while intoxicated.
It is not his first time in trouble with the law, according to a public records search.
Day had previously been charged with driving while under the influence in 2009, according to public records.
DFL Party chair Ken Martin said the weekend violation would not impact his work at the state party.
“As far as I’m concerned, it is a personal issue. This didn't happen on work time,” Martin said. "It's obviously a lapse in judgment and a mistake that he made. And I don't condone it."
He said he was not aware of Day’s previous record and that the party does not routinely run criminal background checks on employees, nor does he specifically ask about arrest records during the interview process.
“We hire folks based on their skill set,” Martin said.
A call to Day’s cell phone was not returned Monday.
Sandy Date and Matt McKinney contributed to this report.