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Brad Young pleads not guilty to Barron County charges

BARRON, WI (WTAQ) - A former Waupun police lieutenant pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two of his 11 criminal charges connected with an August crime spree. 

43-year-old Brad Young of Brandon appeared in Barron County Circuit Court on charges of vehicle theft and fleeing an officer. Young will apparently be given the chance to strike a plea deal.  

Online court records indicate that another plea hearing is set for December 2nd in Barron. Charges in at least three counties could be consolidated, but there's no word on that yet. 

Besides Barron, Young also faces charges in Burnett and Green Lake counties -- and even more counts are possible after the state Justice Department completes its investigation of him. 

Most of Young's alleged crimes took place in a two-day period in early August. 

Authorities said he stole a pickup truck in Green Lake County, crashed it in Barron County during a police chase, stole another vehicle near Rice Lake, broke into to a cabin west of Spooner where he considered killing himself, and later gave up at the cabin after he realized that officers were surrounding him. 

Investigators said Young also apparently broke into grocery stores this year in Waupun, Berlin, and Markesan. He recently resigned from the Waupun police force.