State representative arrested in Greenfield for DUI

Josh Zepnick (Wisconsin State Legislature)

A Democratic state representative says he expects to be held accountable for his actions, after police say he was driving drunk.

Josh Zepnick, 47, who represents the 9th district, which includes Milwaukee's south side, says he was pulled over and arrested in Greenfield last night.

He issued the following apology Friday:

Last evening, I was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. I cooperated fully with Greenfield Police, and I believe it is important to be forthcoming and transparent with my constituents about this matter. I am deeply, deeply sorry for the decision I made to drive under the influence. I made a critical mistake, and I am embarrassed by my decision. I apologize to my family, constituents, colleagues, and community members for my inexcusable decision to drive. This incident has made me confront the need to seek professional help to overcome problems affecting my judgment. My family has learned first-hand through tragedy the dangers and recklessness of drunk driving, which makes my own actions even more irresponsible. I will remain a committed advocate for reforming and strengthening our state's drunk driving laws. Drunk drivers must be held accountable for their actions, as I expect to be held accountable for mine.

His sister was killed by a repeat drunk driver in 1990.

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