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