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Ex-lawmaker Hopper to stand trial on OWI charge


FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Former state Senator Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac is scheduled to go on trial March 22nd for allegedly driving drunk.

A six-person jury is scheduled to hear the case. Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Robert Wirtz will preside, after Judge Peter Grimm withdrew.

The 45-year-old Hopper has pleaded not guilty to first-time OWI and driving to the left of a center-line.

According to sheriff’s deputies, a witness said Hopper passed an SUV on a two-lane road on Highway 151 northeast of Fond du Lac October 16th – and he then swerved and almost hit an oncoming vehicle.

Sheriff’s reports said a witness followed Hopper to a Fond du Lac grocery store, where he first denied to a deputy that he was drinking – and then admitted having two beers at the Green Bay Packers’ game that day.

A preliminary test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.13, above the minimum for intoxication of 0.08.