Photo: Robin Hopper
MARIPOSA – On April 14, 54-year-old Robin Hopper, superintendent of the Mariposa County Unified School District for the past five years, hit a utility pole as she she drove on Highway 140. California Highway Patrol officers determined that “she showed signs of intoxication.”
Sobriety tests performed on Hopper confirmed this conclusion. The drunk driver was taken to the hospital before she was then taken to jail. At Merced County Jail “she allegedly bit a correctional officer’s arm” on her way to a “sobering cell.”
Hopper was charged with a DUI charge and battery of a peace officer, and released on bail on Monday.
The president of the MCUS Board said, “Superintendent Hopper was not on district business when she was arrested. Superintendent Hopper has previously tendered her resignation effective June 30th.”
In a meeting on Thursday, April 18, numerous parents stood up for Hopper in an apparent effort to deflect disciplinary action against her. Other parents called for her immediate dismissal. Trustees of the school board voted to place Hopper on administrative leave for the rest of her contract.