August 4, 2012
A Bridge Too Near
The Florida Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a judge who was observed driving in an erratic manner and ultimately crashed into a bridge.
When the police arrived, she explained that the accident was as a result of her talking on a cell phone. The officer suspected that the real cause was alcohol intoxication.
[The judge was] unable to tell the officer where she was coming from or going, but she later recalled that she may have been at a restaurant.
Initially, the judge refused to exit the vehicle. She also refused to submit to sobriety tests in the field and at the county jail.
The judicial discipline matter was resolved by stipulation. (Mike Frisch)
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