Winona Daily News: Ryan Walski, a 12-year veteran, is on paid leave (Dec 11 2012)
Walski was not on duty when he was contacted about some official forms he needed to sign, and agreed to go to city hall to sign them, Winona County Sheriff Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude said. Deputy police chief Tom Williams wanted to talk with Walski concerning one of the forms, so he drove to city hall, parked and waited for Walski to arrive, according to Ganrude. Williams saw Walski drive up, exit his vehicle and go into the building, and when he came out he walked up to Williams’ vehicle, Ganrude said. When Williams suspected Walski had been drinking, he drove him to the hospital for a blood test and then contacted the sheriff’s department, Ganrude said. At that point a deputy was dispatched to take charge of the case.
Winona Post: Winona police officer facing DWI charge (Dec 12 2012)
A veteran Winona police officer is facing a third degree driving while intoxicated charge and has been referred to the city attorney of Rochester for prosecution … Walski’s blood alcohol content registered a .22 percent.
CBS Local Minnesota: Winona Cop Charged With DWI (Dec 24 2012)
A Winona Police officer was charged Thursday with two counts of 3rd degree driving while intoxicated (DWI) … When asked if he was intoxicated, Walski admitted to Williams that he would fail a preliminary breath test (PBT). Williams then drove Walski to Winona Community Memorial Hospital, where he submitted to a PBT, resulting in a blood alcohol concentration of .26. The legal limit in Minnesota is .08. A blood test sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) revealed a concentration of .22.