Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Florida Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a county court judge for an October 2011 traffic incident.
The judge was "observed driving a vehicle erratically, weaving back and forth between lanes, striking a guardrail several times, and ultimately crashing on a bridge." The judge advised police officers at the scene of her judicial office.
The police saw indications of alcohol and noted that the judge "was unable to tell the officer where she was coming from or where she was going, but she later recalled that she may have been at a restaurant...."
The judge refused to exit the vehicle and refused to either take a field sobriety or breathalizer test. She later pled guilty to driving under the influence.
The Judicial Qualifications Commission concluded that the isolated incident did not indicate unfitness for judicial office. (Mike Frisch)