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Jacobson enters plea deal for reckless driving charge

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:14 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:41 p.m. CDT

WALWORTH, Wis. – Hebron village president John Jacobson on Wednesday entered a plea of no contest to an amended charge of reckless driving to resolve a drunken driving case.

The charge, stemming from an October incident in Walworth, Wisconsin, was amended from operating while intoxicated to reckless driving, according to documents from the Walworth Municipal Court. The stipulations of the deal include the following:

• A one-year revocation of driving privileges;

• Ignition interlock device for a period of 12 months;

• Counseling with follow through;

• A $50 IID surcharge.

Court documents further indicate Jacobson will be fined $781, plus court costs.

The charge stems from an Oct. 27 incident in which Jacobson was pulled over in Walworth, Wisconsin. His blood-alcohol level, taken about 50 minutes after the arrest, was reported at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

The incident occurred during a probationary period from a previous drug charge. In January 2013, Jacobson was arrested on felony charges for possession of crack cocaine.

In July of the same year, Jacobson pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge – under which the Wisconsin reckless driving was a violation.

However, the McHenry County State's Attorney opted not to pursue added sentencing on the violation, as was previously reported by the Northwest Herald.

Jacobson's probation period ended July 3.

Calls by the Northwest Herald to the Walworth Municipal Court and to Jacobson were not returned.

-Allison Goodrich with contributions from Shawn Shinneman

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