MERRILL (WAOW) – An off-duty trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol was intoxicated when she used her badge to confront another woman at a Merrill bar and accused her of being too young to drink, according to a criminal complaint.
Jennifer Latzig, 28, of Stevens Point was charged last month with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Dec. 28 incident at Humphrey's Pub, the complaint said. She pleaded not guilty and is free on a $1,000 signature bond, according to online Lincoln County Circuit Court records.
The complaint said Latzig confronted a woman at the bar regarding underage drinking about 1 a.m., demanded to see her identification and displayed a badge. In the confrontation, a drink ended up in the trooper's face, the accused woman's hair got pulled, the woman felt she was being harassed and police were called.
Police observed that Latzig “displayed signs of heavy intoxication,” and her blood-alcohol level, based on a breath test, was 0.210 percent, the complaint said. The legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent.
“Latzig stated she was sorry police had to respond to the incident and kept saying she should not have displayed authority,” the complaint said.
Lt. Steve Krueger, executive officer for the State Patrol's Northcentral Region in Wausau where Latzig is assigned, said Wednesday the agency did its own investigation of the incident involving Latzig but any results were confidential, including whether she was disciplined.
“Our people are required to follow work rules both on- and off-duty,” he said. “Our people have police powers 24/7. Along with that come certain rules you are expected to follow.”
Latzig's attorney, James Koppelman of Merrill, was out of his office Wednesday and did not immediately return a telephone message.