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One of the youngest politicians ever to be elected in Indiana abruptly resigned last month after he was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking, according to the Chicago Tribune.

David Wichlinski, 18, had only spent six months serving on the Porter Township Board when the young Republican was taken into custody by Valparaiso police after he and a friend were stopped near a local McDonald's restaurant. Police were called to the restaurant after receiving a complaint of an intoxicated driver at the restaurant's drive-through.

According to the officers, they stopped the car driven by Ryan Kubal, 20, of Valparaiso, but David Wichlinski left the vehicle and walked away. According to the police report, Wichlinski ignored requests to stop and acted as if he were talking on a cell phone.

Police searched Kubal's vehicle and found a glass smoking pipe in the glove compartment with residue of what police said smelled like burnt marijuana. Kubal told police it belonged to Wichlinski. Kubal also told police that Wichlinski had been drinking beer at a graduation party.

This was the third time in four months Wichlinski has had a brush with the law. He was elected to the Porter Township Board in November and was touted as one of the youngest, if not the youngest, elected officials in the state.

Wichlinski avoided charges in February after he was accused of making an obscene gesture towards two police officers and again in April when police found a marijuana seed in his truck, according to the Post-Tribune.

On June 27th, Wichlinski issued a written statement apologizing to his family, friends, the Republican Party and others. He will have his first court appearance in August and plans to attend college in the fall.

 

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