MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz fighting DWI charge

MNsure interim CEO fighting DWI charge

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

For the last few days, MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz has been making a final push to get Minnesotans to enroll in health insurance coverage before Monday's midnight deadline.

But while Leitz has been front-and-center on health insurance coverage, many people aren't aware of his run-in with the law before he took the job.

A Minnesota State Patrol spokesperson confirmed a trooper stopped Leitz at 2:15 a.m. last August in downtown Minneapolis, near 6th Street and Portland Avenue, for speeding and careless driving.

Leitz was charged with 4th degree DWI and two other charges after a preliminary breath test showed he was driving with a 0.18 BAC -- more than twice the legal limit.

"I consider this one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made," Leitz said in a statement. "It is humiliating and, as with any mistake, I will learn from it and will not repeat it."

"My association with Leitz began after the MNsure board hired him as acting CEO last December," Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement. "From everything I know, Mr. Leitz has provided MNsure with excellent leadership and has greatly improved its services to the people of Minnesota."

The MNSure board confirmed it was aware of the DWI arrest when they hired Leitz.

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