Sunday, September 27, 2009

Chief Ellis Casper Arrested for Drunk Driving

The chief of police in Bayfield was arrested and charged last week for first-offense drunk driving near Merrill, Wisconsin.

The State Patrol noticed Ellis Casper's vehicle going north in the southbound lane of Highway 51 in Lincoln County.

Casper, 60, was arrested about 9 p.m. on Sept. 18. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood-alcohol content was 0.14 percent.

Bayfield Mayor Larry MacDonald says Casper called him the next day. The city council is considering a possible reprimand.

"We are examining the situation very closely. The city attorney is looking at the issue, and we'll be addressing it at an upcoming Bayfield City Council meeting," Mayor MacDonald said over the phone on Friday.

The mayor also said Casper was not on city business nor was he in a city vehicle at the time of the arrest. Casper has been the chief for about 10 years.

A first offense DWI in Wisconsin is essentially a traffic ticket, and Casper, if convicted, will be subject to a fine.

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