Winnebago County official charged with being drunk and armed at meeting

Winnebago County Supervisor Mike Stensrud, left, takes a drink from a cup that police said contained alcohol during a board meeting on May 21, 2019 (Winnebago County/YouTube)
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FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - Winnebago County supervisor and former NFL defensive lineman Mike Stensrud faces misdemeanor charges after police say he showed up drunk and armed at a board meeting this week.

The Mason City Globe-Gazette reports police were called Tuesday to the Winnebago County Courthouse after the board meeting adjourned. Police say the 63-year-old Stensrud had been drinking alcohol from a cup during the meeting, and an alcohol breath test he took showed his blood alcohol level at .09. Anything above .08 is considered legally intoxicated.

When asked if he was armed, Stensrud acknowledged having a pistol, which an officer took from his pocket.

Stensrud is charged with public intoxication and carrying a firearm while under the influence.

He told the Globe-Gazette he had sought treatment for his drinking in January and had been sober until Tuesday, saying "I just blew it."

Stensrud played football at Iowa State and in the NFL for a decade before retiring in 1989.