UPDATE: Jury Acquits former Senator Randy Hopper of OWI

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A jury has acquitted former state Sen. Randy Hopper of first-offense drunken driving.

The Reporter newspaper in Fond du Lac says the jury returned a not-guilty verdict Friday.

The 46-year-old Republican was arrested in October after a motorist called 911 to report a driver weaving back and forth on Highway 151.

Hopper took the stand Thursday to argue that politics played a role in his drunken-driving arrest in Fond du Lac County last fall. He says his vote to eliminate collective bargaining for most state employees was the catalyst for threats against him.

Hopper lost his seat in August in a recall election spurred by his support for Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law.

A message left for Hopper's attorney Friday was not immediately returned.

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