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Wis. trooper fined in Merrill bar confrontation

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MERRILL (WAOW) – A trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol has been ordered to pay $330 in fines and costs for disorderly conduct after she was intoxicated and used her badge in a confrontation at a Merrill bar, according to online court records.

Jennifer Latzig, 28, of Stevens Point, pleaded no contest to the county ordinance violation Thursday after prosecutors agreed to amend it from misdemeanor disorderly conduct, online Lincoln County court records say.

A judge fined her $100 plus court costs.

The criminal complaint filed Feb. 3 said Latzig confronted a woman at Humphrey's Pub in Merrill about 1 a.m. Dec. 28, accusing her of being too young to drink, and pulled out a badge to get the woman to show some identification.

The woman resisted, a drink got thrown, some hair was pulled and police were called, the complaint said.

Latzig's blood-alcohol level, based on a breath test, was 0.210 percent, nearly three times the legal limit to drive, the complaint said.

Latzig told investigators 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, has said the agency did its own investigation into the incident involving Latzig but any results are confidential, including whether she was disciplined.

Assistant District Attorney Kurt Zengler did not immediately return a telephone message Friday.

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