Bayfield police chief arrested for drunken driving

September 26, 2009

MERRILL The chief of police in Bayfield has been arrested for first-offense drunken driving after the State Patrol noticed his vehicle going north in the southbound lane of Highway 51 in Lincoln County.

The State Patrol says 60-year-old Ellis Casper was arrested about 9 p.m. on Sept. 18 and a preliminary breath test indicated his blood-alcohol content was 0.14 percent. The legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent.

Bayfield Mayor Larry MacDonald says he discussed the arrest with Casper the next day and the city council is considering a possible reprimand. The mayor calls Casper an extremely good police chief and doesn't anticipate he will be fired.

Casper could not be reached for comment.


Associated Press