Hopper arrested for failure to appearFree Access

New court date is set in Merced

Mariposa County Superintendent of Schools Robin Hopper was arrested last week by Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies after she failed to appear in Merced Superior Court at a scheduled court appearance on May 15.

Following her failure to appear, a warrant was issued by a Merced County Superior Court judge.

Hopper was booked into Mariposa County Jail on Wednesday. Now released, she contends that her attorney notified her she didn’t need to attend the court hearing and the warrant shouldn’t have been issued.

Hopper told the Gazette both last week and on Tuesday morning she was unaware of the warrant for her arrest. She said she was arrested at her home in Catheys Valley by members of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.

She asked the newspaper to contact her lawyer in Merced to clarify the warrant.

The Gazette did place a call to Hopper’s lawyer, Jeffrey A. Tenenbaum, on Tuesday, but did not hear back by press time.

According to court records, the charge of failure to appear was removed from her case.

Hopper continues to wind through the legal process after her arrest in April for driving under the influence. According to court documents, Hopper was driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.328. A second test administered shortly after recorded a BAC of 0.286. A complete blood result from the California Department of Justice is pending.

The legal limit in California is 0.08.

She also allegedly bit a custodial officer at the Merced County Jail during the arrest.

Laura Saunders, legal assistant for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office, said she couldn’t confirm whether Hopper was supposed to be in attendance at the hearing.

“We don’t know. All I can tell you is that they do have a new hearing set for July 1 at 8:30 a.m.,” said Saunders.

That will be a pre-preliminary hearing.

Because Hopper is an elected official, she remains the Mariposa County Superintendent of Schools, but has been placed on administrative paid leave by the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees in her role as the district superintendent.

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