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Lawmaker pleads guilty to drunken driving

State Rep. Josh Zepnick (Greenfield Police Department via AP)

State Rep. Josh Zepnick (Greenfield Police Department via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southeastern Wisconsin legislator has pleaded guilty to first-offense drunken driving.

Rep. Josh Zepnick, a Milwaukee Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday evening that he entered the plea in Greenfield Municipal Court. He said he was ordered to pay a forfeiture, had his license suspended for six months and must use an ignition interlock device on his car for a year. He said he regrets his actions.

Wisconsin is the only state that treats first-offense drunken driving as a civil violation rather than a crime.

A Greenfield officer stopped Zepnick on Oct. 29. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the police report said Zepnick told the officer he had drank five or six beers.

The lawmaker lost his sister to a drunken driver in 1990.

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