Hingham: Former Rockland selectman takes responsibility for drunk driving arrest



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Michael Zupkofska, a former Rockland selectman, charged with drunk driving in Hingham on Monday night, admitted his wrong doing.  Zupkofska, first elected in 2007, was not re-elected this past April.

Zupkofska appeared before Judge Patrick Hurley on Thursday morning and said little aside from “yes- your honor, and “no- your honor” He waived his right to a trial by jury. When asked if he had anything to say about the accusation of driving drunk on his way home from the Braintree Elks on Monday night, Zupkofska responded with a two word answer, “taking responsibility”.

Zupkofska’s case has been continued for one year. During the year of probation, his license will be suspended for 45 days and he has been ordered to take part in an Operating Under the Influence program.

Hingham Police Sergeant Steven Darth said officers discovered Zupkofska with what they describe as red and glassy eyes, three-quarters closed, chewing on crackers excessively, while sitting in his red Ford Focus in the middle of the road. Police say Zupkofska admitted to striking a curb after turning a corner on to Gardner Street from Derby Street in Hingham just before 10 o’clock Monday night. Zupkofska admitted to having a couple of drinks and officers gave him four field sobriety tests before arresting him.

Zupkofska has been arrested before for driving drunk but was not found guilty.

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