Wausau Area State Senator Loses License

State Senator Russ Decker loses his drivers license for six months.

But the Wausau area Democratic senator avoids a drunken driving conviction in a plea bargain.

Decker has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving with a prohibited alcohol content. A Middleton municipal court judge fined Decker $250.00 and dismissed a drunken driving citation.

Middleton police arrested Decker last month after he ran a red light and failed a field sobriety test.

Decker had a blood alcohol content of .09 in two Breathalyzer tests he took at the Middleton police station. The 51-year-old Decker told police he had four or five drinks with dinner before he was pulled over the Madison area beltline.

Decker avoids an alcohol assessment.

Wisconsin lawmakers in 2003 lowered the drunken driving standard to .08 and added the provision for prohibited alcohol content. Decker voted against the change.