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Hobart village president arrested for 3rd OWI

Posted: 1:49 PM, Feb 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-03 16:31:00-05
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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. — The village president of Hobart was arrested on Friday for suspicion of a third offense operating while intoxicated.

Brown County jail records show that Richard Heidel paid an $850 cash bond and was released.

The village website said that Heidel has been president since 2003, and online court records show he had a second offense OWI arrest in 2005.

Heidel sent us a statement that reads, in full -

"I take full responsibility for my conduct and I am terribly sorry that my actions put others at risk. Fortunately, no one else was involved and no one was injured. Words of sorrow and contrition are never enough; one’s actions are what really speak. I’ve always been honest in admitting that I’m a recovering alcoholic and have been for many years with many good years of sobriety behind me. Like most diseases, sometimes the individual comes out of remission or relapses. Now I’m returning to my recovery program to help me lead a completely sober life again, a day at a time."