Kanabec County Chief Deputy arrested for DWI

Rachel Kytonen

Kanabec County Sheriff Chief Deputy, Joel Christian Bos, 33, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 11 near the Braham Moose Lodge for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

The arrest was made around 2 a.m. after the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department got a call about a suspected impaired driver near the Isanti-Kanabec border that had driven off the roadway and into a ditch in the area of Hwy. 65 and 103rd Ave.

Isanti County Deputy Kevin Carlson and Braham Police Officer Erik Anderson located the vehicle as it was stopped on the side of the roadway at Nightingale Street and 103rd Ave., near Grass Lake, near the Braham Moose Lodge.

Isanti County Chief Deputy Bill Guenther explained Bos was booked into the Isanti County Jail and released later that day. He was given a citation for misdemeanor DWI and open bottle.

Chief Deputy Guenther said Bos tested a .17 on a breathalyzer. He was not on duty at the time of his arrest, and was driving a passenger vehicle.

Chief Deputy Guenther noted Kanabec County was notified of the arrest, and it was decided that the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department would handle the arrest due to a conflict of interest.

“I would like to add that our deputy was placed in a difficult position and he did what was required of him by law and policy,” said Chief Deputy Guenther.

Isanti County Attorney Jeff Edblad said Monday that his office would not be involved with the prosecution since the incident happened in Kanabec County, and Isanti County is not the conflict prosecutor for the Kanabec County Attorney’s Office.

Bos is expected in court at a later date for his first appearance.