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Judge Accused of Driving to Work While Under the Influence of Drugs

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


According to a police report, a 56-year-old judge in another state was arrested in the judges' parking lot after she struck a parked police car and repeatedly rammed a parking lot gate. The judge's BMW SUV suffered extensive damage as the accidents dislodged the rearview mirror from the driver's side and there was front end damage.


The judge allegedly struck the parked patrol car with the passenger side of her SUV then continued to the security gate which she rammed multiple times.


Arresting officers noted that the judge had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet but did not smell of alcohol.


The judge claimed that she had been run off the road by a truck on her way to work and that she had captured the video on her cell phone. The police report stated that no other vehicle was shown but the judge had been driving in the breakdown lane and collided with a concrete wall, apparently causing the damage to her rearview mirror.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia