Minn. judge pleads guilty to DWI, seeks retirement 23 May 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Dakota County judge has pleaded guilty to DWI after his Christmas Eve arrest in St. Paul.

Judge Michael Sovis of Apple Valley pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree driving under the influence. Another DWI count was dismissed.

Sovis was arrested Christmas Eve after hitting several parked cars in St. Paul. Court documents show his blood-alcohol level was 0.28 percent, more than three times Minnesota’s legal limit of 0.08.

Sovis’ attorney, David Ayers, announced in court that the 64-year-old judge has asked Governor Mark Dayton to grant him a medical disability retirement.

Ayers told the St. Paul Pioneer Press after the hearing that Sovis is “incredibly remorseful.”

Ayers says due to other medical issues, Sovis does not intend to go back to work as a judge. He declined to elaborate.