Belle Plaine police officer Bryan Pasek has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation following his arrest for DWI Nov. 20 on Highway 169 between Jordan and Belle Plaine.

Citing advice from legal counsel, Belle Plaine city officials are not saying whether Pasek is on paid or unpaid leave. City Administrator David Murphy said that once the disciplinary procedure is completed, then the issue of whether Pasek has been on paid or unpaid leave will become public information.

Pasek was stopped by a state trooper on Highway 169 between Jordan and Belle Plaine at 2:26 a.m. He was allegedly traveling 96 mph in a 65 mph zone. A portable breath test indicated Pasek had a blood-alcohol concentration of .17, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Pasek, 32, was arrested and booked into the Scott County Jail for third-degree DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. He has since posted bail.

Pasek was also arrested for DWI in the fall of 2003, not long after he joined the BPPD. He reportedly paid a $1,025 fine, served 100 hours of community service and was suspended without pay for three days.

The Scott County Attorney’s office has forwarded the latest case to Carver County to avoid any possible conflict of interest.