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Days From Retirement, Duluth Officer Hurt In Crash

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Duane Porter (credit: City of Duluth Police Department)

Duane Porter (credit: City of Duluth Police Department)

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Police say a Duluth officer, just days away from retirement, is hospitalized after his squad car was hit by a repeat drunken driver.

Authorities say 50-year-old Sgt. Don Boso was driving an unmarked squad when he was hit by Duane Porter, a 25-year-old Bemidji man who ran a red light about 6:20 a.m. Monday.

Boso is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He’s scheduled to retire from the police force in about a week.

Porter was treated for injuries at the hospital and taken to the St. Louis County Jail. Records show he has previous convictions for careless driving, underage drinking and driving, drunken driving and an open liquor bottle violation.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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