Robin Hopper, the Mariposa County Unified School District superintendent, was arrested on Sunday, April 14, 2019 on suspicion of driving under the influence. The arrest was made after Hopper crashed into a utility pole along Highway 140, east of Planada around 6:00 p.m.
According to California Highway Patrol officers at the scene, Hopper showed signs of intoxication and was determined to be under the influence. Officers took her to Mercy Medical Center for further testing and medical care for the crash.
Once cleared, she was transported to Merced County Jail, where she allegedly bit the arm of a correctional officer. As a result of her actions, Hopper was booked for misdemeanor DUI and battery of a police officer. The following Monday, police released her on bail.
An emergency Board meeting was held on Thursday to determine if Hopper should stay on as superintendent. Hopper has been superintendent since 2014 and has already announced that she planned to resign when her contract ended. That leaves a little under two months until she resigns in June. She currently holds the district superintendent position, as well as the elected county superintendent position.
The Board voted to place Hopper on paid leave from both positions until her contract ends in June. This decision came after much deliberation and after hearing voices from parents on both sides of the issue. The years that Hopper spent leading the district had its effect, with plenty of supporters deeming the criminal system’s punishment for her actions to be enough. Others, like a mother who was a witness to the crash that occurred on Sunday, called for her termination.