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Appeals Court Judge Allegedly Ran Stop Light, Nearly Hit Cop Car, Blew 2.5 Times Legal Limit

Posted Feb 17, 2011 12:45 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A New Mexico appeals court judge faces an aggravated drunk-driving charge after being pulled over in Albuquerque in the wee hours Wednesday and allegedly blowing a .20 on a breath-alcohol test.

The legal limit in the state is .08. Appeals Court Judge Robert Eugene Robles was also charged with reckless driving, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The Albuquerque Journal (sub. req.) says Robles was pulled over after he allegedly ran a stop light at 50 mph and nearly hit a police vehicle. The officer at the wheel said he had to drive onto a sidewalk to avoid being struck.

"It's been a sad and lonely night," a Metropolitan Court criminal complaint says Robles told an arresting officer.

He has voluntarily taken an unpaid leave of absence from the appellate court and self-reported to the state Judicial Standards Commission, appeals court Chief Judge Celia Foy-Castillo tells the Albuquerque newspaper.

An Albuquerque native, the 60-year-old judge was briefly jailed and then released on his own recognizance. He is a former chief judge for the state's 3rd Judicial District Court.

The articles don't include any comment from Robles or his legal counsel.

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