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Wisconsin cop arrested for DUI in Minnesota asked to be let go

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Drunken driving charges filed this week say a Wisconsin deputy asked to be let go as a "professional courtesy" when she was stopped in Red Wing while she was almost twice the legal limit.

Last summer, Minnesota officers were caught behaving badly across the border in Wisconsin. The two Minneapolis police officers seen using racial slurs on video during an argument with Green Bay police after a night of drinking have since been fired for their off-duty conduct. This summer, however, a Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy is accused of flashing her badge and asking for a pass in Minnesota when she was pulled over -- and she's keeping her job.

According to authorities, 41-year-old Capt. Catherine Trimboli, of Franklin, Wis., was seen driving without her tail lights on at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday when a police officer stopped her near 2000 Old West Main Street. During the stop, Trimboli reportedly asked the officer to let her go as a "professional courtesy" and registered a .14 on a breath test. The legal limit in Minnesota is .08.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said he acted quickly after Trimboli was booked for the first-offense drunken driving and then released. She has been relieved of command and placed on administrative duty because Clarke said flashing her badge and asking for special treatment aggravated a situation that was already bad.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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