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Drunken Driver Sentenced For Hitting Duluth Cop

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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) — A judge has sentenced a 25-year-old man to a year in jail and chemical dependency treatment for crashing into a Duluth police officer’s unmarked squad car.

Duane Klynn Porter of Bemidji told the court Friday he was “sorry for the damage” he caused to Officer Don Boso.

Boso, a 20-year police veteran, was just days away from retirement when he was struck March 14. The crash left Boso with a concussion, internal bleeding of the brain, and cuts near both eyes.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Porter was driving with a blood-alcohol level over three times the legal limit when he reportedly ran a red light and crashed into Boso.

Porter has a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated in addition to two convictions for drinking and driving while underage.

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