WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - Former Minnesota State Senate staffer and high-profile Republican politico Michael Brodkorb pleaded guilty Wednesday to 4th degree DUIin connection with a crash that left him with severe injuries.

Brodkorb was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Brodkorb had a blood alcohol level of .10 on January 23, 2013, the night he was critically injured in a car accident. Investigators say Brodkorb ran off I-35E in Mendota Heights and struck the wall of a bridge before careening across the northbound lanes and into the median wall.

He was taken to Regions Hospital in critical condition but has since improved.

Brodkorb apologized to reporters afterwards. "The message is don't drink and drive, and wear a seatbelt. It's a message I will repeat for the rest of my life."

Brodkorb made headlines after he sued the Minnesota State Senate for dismissing him in the wake of a highly publicized affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

In February a judge dismissed three countscontained in the lawsuit; Two discrimination counts remain in legal play.

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