Former Twin Ports Mayor Bergson Makes Appearance in Court

Ryan Juntti
Updated: February 15, 2018 02:01 PM

SUPERIOR - Herb Bergson, the former mayor of both Duluth and Superior, made an appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.

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Bergson has been charged with two misdemeanor counts related to a car accident in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday where he struck a tree.

"He's charged with two misdemeanor counts, one count of obstructing an officer based on giving a false statement, and one count of failing to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle as the court ordered him to do with his last OWI conviction," said Mark Fruehauf, Douglas County District Attorney. 

Bergson pled not guilty to both charges, which Fruehauf says is pretty standard.

"Generally people plead not guilty, they have the right to get an attorney, the right to a trial, so if he gets an attorney we'll have a conversation and decide where the case will go from there," said Fruehauf.

This stems from a crash on Tuesday that alleges Bergson did not have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle, which is required from his last O-W-I conviction, according to Fruehauf.

Bergson allegedly first told a sheriff's deputy that he slid on the ice and hit a tree with his car. After the deputy pointed out that he needed an interlock device, Bergson allegedly told the deputy his girlfriend was the one driving.

Bergson was then arrested.

In court on Wednesday, Bergson requested a signature bond, meaning he wouldn't have to pay anything, but the state didn't accept that.

"Just based on the nature of the charges and the prior criminal history, I thought some cash was appropriate," said Fruehauf.

Bergson was released after paying $1000 bond. There are conditions to his bond.

"No possession or use of alcohol, and no operation of a motor vehicle unless it's got an ignition interlock device installed," said Fruehauf.

Bergson has had three alcohol related convictions dating back to 2005. Fruehauf says there are allegations of alcohol use in this case as well. 

Bergson did not have any council present in court on Wednesday. He is next due back in court in April when it will be decided whether the case will go to trial.   


Ryan Juntti

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