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Deputy who drove drunk with children fired in Cass County

November 2, 2021 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Cass County sheriff has fired a deputy who was arrested for driving drunk and crashing his vehicle with his children inside.

In a termination letter released Tuesday, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner says Deputy Jacob Danielson violated several of his office’s policies, including those which deal with standards of conduct and performance.

Five supervisors made recommendations to Jahner on the disciplinary action that should be taken against Danielson, two of which stated the deputy should be terminated. The other three supervisors recommended discipline ranging from a demotion, addiction counseling, unpaid leave and five years of probation.

Sheriff Jahner stated Danielson was well aware of the staffing shortage in the sheriff’s office, specifically in the jail, however he still decided to drive while intoxicated. Jahner says Danielson’s decision put other employees in a situation where they had to cover shifts while he was on administrative leave which has caused ‘additional stress to an already tired Cass County Sheriff’s Office Staff.’

Danielson pleaded guilty in court on Oct. 15 to a misdemeanor DUI charge and received 360 days of probation. The charge stems from an August arrest bypolice when Danielson was in a crash at Custom Express Car Wash in Fargo.