Former Mayor Herb Bergson made his first court appearance early Wednesday afternoon after allegedly crashing his vehicle in the Village of Lake Nebagamon and leaving the scene.

Bergson pleaded not guilty to Obstructing an Officer, as well as Failure to have an ignition interlock device.

According to a criminal complaint, Bergson's vehicle left the road on S. East Lake Boulevard and crashed into a tree shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. He allegedly left the scene before authorities arrived.

The complaint states when the responding officer looked inside the vehicle, there was an open case of Michelob beer in the back seat.

He was eventually found sleeping at his cabin in Lake Nebagamon by a Douglas County Sheriff's Officer, who knocked at the door several times before it was opened by Bergson.

According to the complaint, Bergson kept saying he was fine, and that his girlfriend had been driving the vehicle, not him.

The complaint goes on to say the responding officer called Bergson's girlfriend, who said she was in Madison at the time and had not been driving the vehicle.

Bergson, who has a Madison, Wisconsin address, was most recently jailed for a third DWI in 2014.

He was supposed to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in his vehicle in connection with that charge.

His first drunk driving offense was in 2005, while serving as Mayor of Duluth.

According to police records in that case, he was cited for drunken driving after he crashed his car in Spooner.

He served as Duluth Mayor from 2003-2007, and was the Mayor of Superior in the '80's.

Bergson is due back in court on April 6th at 11:30 a.m.

He currently doesn't have council, but plans to arrange to have legal representation. 

He has a $200 cash bond and an $800 signature bond, however he claims he can make that bond and be released.

CBS 3 Duluth will continue to update this story. 


Former Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson was arrested Tuesday after crashing his vehicle and leaving the scene, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec. 

The 61-year-old was booked around 5:17 p.m., according to the county's jail roster.

Sheriff Dalbec said Bergson's vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree. Dalbec said before authorities arrived, Bergson had left the scene. 

Deputies tracked down Bergson at his cabin in Lake Nebagamon.

Dalbec couldn't immediately provide the location of the crash.

Bergson is scheduled to appear in Douglas County Court Tuesday afternoon on charges of obstructing an officer and not having an Ignition Interlock Device installed in his vehicle in connection with his previous OWI charge.

Bergson, who has a Madison, Wisconsin address, most recently was jailed for a third DWI in 2014.

His first drunk-driving offense was in 2005 while serving as Duluth Mayor. According to police records in that case, he was cited for drunken driving after he crashed his car in Spooner.

Bergson served as Duluth Mayor from 2003-2007.

He also served as Mayor of Superior in the 1980s.

CBS 3 Duluth will continue to update this story - check back for details.