Deputy Sheriff Luther Klug was killed when a drunk driver ran a stop sign and struck his patrol car on the driver’s side at the intersection of Highway 316 and 200th Street, in Hastings. The impact of the crash pushed the patrol car into a nearby ditch.

Deputy Klug was flown to Ramsey County Medical Center where he died shortly after 1:00 am.

The suspect was convicted of charges relating to the accident and sentenced to only four years in jail.

Deputy Klug had served with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office for six years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 15 years. He was survived by his wife and son.