Former Councilman Crashes Suv While Driving Drunk


Michael Opinker, a former Councilman, was smelling like alcohol when police pulled him over Dec. 29. He was unsteady on his feet, and his voice was slurring while speaking with the police.

Though his demeanor was business was friendly and business-like, it still wasn’t enough for him to get away scot-free. The former Councilman wasn’t able to pass his balance test, the walk-and-turn test, or any of the other sobriety tests.

59-year-old Opinker is facing up to four misdemeanor charges. His charges include operating while intoxicated with a BAC of .15 or higher. Also, OWI while endangering a person and OWI. According to his record, he was cited for driving left of center.

Former Councilman Receives Ticket For Driving Under The Influence

Opinker’s blood alcohol level content was .260. That number is over three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

At 9:06 p.m., police were called to a crash on the 2600 block of 163rd Place for a crash. Officers on the scene were able to see that there a black sports utility vehicle that had struck a car. Opinker was the driver of the black SUV.

There were no injuries.

While working as the chief fire inspector in 2018, Opinker was able to earn a salary of $95,187.34. He was a part of the Hammond City Council.

The former Councilman was also apart Hammond City Council from 2010 and 2016. However, he chose to resign after losing a court battle that was challenging the 2012 double-dipping law.

In the law, it forbids any local government employee from holding public offices that give them the authority of policy-making and fiances.

Opkiner didn’t want to give up his substantial salary he was receiving while working as the assistant Hammond fire chief. His city council gig was only paying him $30,000 for part-time work.

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