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Zionsville Town Council President Charged With DUI

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Elizabeth Hopper, Zionsville Town Council President, arrested on charges of drunk driving early last Monday evening.

Elizabeth Hopper, Zionsville Town Council President, arrested on charges of drunk driving early last Monday evening.

Boone County Sheriff's Department

Boone County Sheriff's Department

Elizabeth Hopper, Zionsville Town Council President, arrested on charges of drunk driving early last Monday evening.

By Catie Schultz, Staff

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Zionsville Town Council President Elizabeth Hopper was arrested last Monday evening on multiple criminal charges due to alleged drunk driving. Hopper faces charges of operating a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.15 or higher, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and public intoxication. All of these are considered to be misdemeanors.

According to official court documents, Zionsville police officers pulled over a silver 2016 Subaru at approximately 5:30 p.m. September 25 after the car ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk while turning onto Hunt Club Road.

Once the car was stopped, police officers noticed that Hopper had slurred speech and gave visible signs of intoxication. Her breath was noted to have smelled of alcohol, despite her attempt to cover the odor by turning the heat in her car to full blast.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department
Elizabeth Hopper, Zionsville Town Council President, arrested on charges of drunk driving early last Monday evening.

It was reported to have been 90 degrees outside that day.

Hopper denied that she had been drinking that evening, however after she failed the field sobriety test conducted, she submitted to a breath test which registered a BAC of .19 percent. In Indiana, a person is considered to be over the legal limit if their BAC is .08 percent or higher.

Throughout both tests, Hopper repeatedly asked the officers if they could call Zionsville Police Chief Robert Knox, Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak and Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen, or if they could take her home. Court documents indicate that all requests were denied.

A chemical test on Hopper’s blood content later performed at the Zionsville Police Department was recorded as a .221 BAC, which is nearly three times over the legal limit. Subsequently, Hopper was arrested and transported to the Boone County Jail.

Hopper was released from the Boone County Jail on a $550 cash bond early last Tuesday morning. Her hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 2nd, the same day as the the Zionsville Town Council’s next meeting at the new town hall. If convicted of all three criminal misdemeanor charges, Hopper could face a maximum of three years in jail.

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