Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards submitted a letter of resignation on Friday after a being arrested on driving while intoxicated charges last month.
Plans are for Edwards to stay with the department, however, as he’s been demoted to assistant fire chief. Interim Chief Shawn Krizaj will continue in that role.
According to a criminal complaint filed in St. Louis County Court, Edwards was pulled over on March 30 at approximately 11:40 p.m. after a St. Louis County deputy observed an SUV heading northbound on Rice Lake Road attempting to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone.
The deputy performing the traffic stop stated he detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed Edwards’ eyes were glossy and bloodshot.
Edwards had a blood alcohol content almost three times the legal limit.
According to court records, Edwards made his first appearance in court this morning.