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UPDATE: Off-duty Portage officer resigns after driving drunk

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Portage Police Officer Blaine Young resigned from his position with the department Thursday.  Young felt it was in his best interest and the interest of the department.

Early Saturday morning, November 3rd, Young was off-duty and pulled over by an on-duty Portage Police Officer for speeding and coming close to the center line. 

Young appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants and, at the department's request, Wisconsin State Patrol responded and took over the case.  Field sobriety tests were administered, which Young failed.

After a blood draw at the hospital, Young was released to a responsible party.  He is to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court December 10th at 9:30a.m.

Officer Young had been with the Portage Police Department since May 2005.

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Shortly before 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, a Portage police officer was on patrol when he observed a pickup truck speeding on W. Wisconsin Street. The vehicle was also operating close to the center line.

Police say the officer stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be off-duty Portage police officer Blaine Young. 

Per the request of the department, Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene and took over the case. They administered field sobriety tests, which Young failed.

Young was detained and taken to a nearby hospital  for a blood draw and later released to a responsible party. He'll appear in Columbia County Circuit Court on the morning of December 10.

As per policy, Officer Young has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. 

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