Duluth fire chief resigns, demoted to assistant chief after drunk driving charge

DULUTH, MN – Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards has submitted his resignation after being arrested and charged with drunk driving.

According to the City of Duluth, Deputy Chief Sean Krizaj will assume the city’s interim fire chief role. He was named acting fire chief after Edwards was put on leave.

Edwards, who appeared briefly in St. Louis County Court Thursday morning, is expected to stay with the Duluth Fire Department.

The city says he accepted a demotion to assistant fire chief.

Court documents show Edwards was arrested after being pulled over around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, March 30 by a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy.

The complaint states Edwards was traveling on Rice Lake Road near Abbott Road, and attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone going up a hill, and then failed to maintain the driving lane.

His preliminary breath tested at .22 percent, which is more than double the state’s legal limit of .08 percent, after performing standard field-sobriety tests.

Edwards was arrested and taken to the Public Safety Building, where he was tested at 1:25 a.m.

At that point, court documents say his BAC level was at .21 percent.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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