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Former State Senator Found Not Guilty In Drunk Driving Case

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Former State Senator Randy Hopper
Former State Senator Randy Hopper

Fond du Lac, WI (WHBL) - A jury in Fond du Lac found former state Senate Republican Randy Hopper innocent Friday afternoon of first-time drunk driving.  A six-member jury heard more than a day of testimony before returning its not-guilty verdict.  His attorney said Hopper had three and a half beers at the Green Bay Packers-Saint Louis Rams game on October 16th – and a motorist later called 9-1-1 after seeing his vehicle weaving on Highway 151 just north of Fond du Lac.  He was arrested after he had pulled into a grocery store parking lot.  Hopper testified that he felt the arresting sheriff’s deputy was, “out to get me.”  That’s because Hopper had voted in favor of the law that virtually ended most public union bargaining. The defense said the arresting officer should have arranged for a blood test to determine a blood alcohol level that would stand up in court. Hopper did take a preliminary breath test – which is not admissible – and it was point-13, five hundredths above the legal limit for drunk driving. The arrest was made a couple months after Hopper and former Senate Republican Dan Kapanke were recalled for their votes on the union law.

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