Crime & Courts

Hebron Village President charged with DUI, would violate probation if convicted

WALWORTH, Wis. – Hebron’s village president could face bulked up sentencing from a previous cocaine case if he’s convicted of pending drunken driving charges in Wisconsin.

John G. Jacobson awaits a March 13 court date in Walworth Municipal Court on October charges of operating while intoxicated, operating with prohibited alcohol concentration equal to or more than .15 percent and deviation from a designated lane.

A conviction would mean Jacobson violated his yearlong probation, a part of a plea deal struck in July 2013 to reduce pending felony charges for possession of crack cocaine to a Class A misdemeanor charge.

“If it would be proven that he violated the law, he did violate the terms of his conditional discharge and he could be resentenced,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said.

Class A misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

The Wisconsin charge stems from an incident Oct. 27 in which Jacobson was pulled over at 2:40 a.m. in Walworth, Wis., according to a Walworth Police Department incident report.

Jacobson responded to a question about whether he’d been drinking by saying he’d had “a couple,” according to the report. A blood sample taken about 50 minutes after the arrest revealed a blood-alcohol content of .18 percent, more than twice the legal driving limit, the department said.

Reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Jacobson didn’t comment on the charge but said he has pleaded not guilty.

Jacobson was previously found not guilty of a driving under the influence charge stemming from a late 2011 incident in Hebron.

In January 2013, Jacobson was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Police said about three grams of crack cocaine were found in his car.

With Jacobson’s guilty plea, the felony charges were dropped and replaced by the misdemeanor attempted unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to a year of nonreporting probation under which he couldn’t violate any law in any jurisdiction.

Combs said he wasn’t aware of the potential violation until reached for comment by the Northwest Herald on Tuesday.

“Now that we’re aware of it, we’ll look into it,” he said.

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