Man accused of drunk driving collides with judge

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Friday, July 20, 2012

A 54-year-old New Mexico resident was involved in a collision with a local judge. And according to authorities, the crash was a part of several drunk driving accidents and incidents the man has been involved in. His most recent arrest marks the seventh time he's been accused of DUI.

The collision occurred outside of a mall in Farmington, New Mexico, late last month. According to reports, a case of beer and an open bottle of vodka were found in the man's vehicle after the accident. Authorities said that the man refused to consent to a blood-alcohol test and that he smelled of alcohol.

Sadly, a 15-year-old female and an 18-year-old male were in the backseat of his vehicle at the time of the crash. Any relation between the teenagers and the driver was not indicated by reports. Both teens were treated for minor injuries.

A local judge that presides over drunk driving cases was riding as a passenger in the other vehicle that was involved. She has been placed on administrative leave while she recovers from her injuries. Luckily for the man, the judge will not be presiding over his case, but most of the judges probably already know of the man due to his long rap sheet.

Officially, the man has been charged with refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol content test, careless driving, driving with an open container, driving with a suspended or revoked license, providing alcohol to a minor and child abuse. Police believe that the man may also have been involved in two hit-and-run accidents that occurred before the crash with the judge.

If the man is convicted, it is likely that he will face severe consequences. Hopefully those consequences include treatment, because if he does not get help for his problem, he is likely to injure more people when he is released.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Man's 7th DUI involved collision, teen passengers - and a judge," John M. Glionna, July 10, 2012