A Pennsylvania judge faces a DUI charge after she allegedly got so drunk she fell over during a sobriety test.
An off-duty trooper saw Allegheny County Judge Christine Ward driving suspiciously and decided to pull her over Sunday, WTAE reports. Another trooper arrived, and when Ward underwent a sobriety test, she fell over. She even had to have her rights read to her three times.
“As a result, I stopped the tests for fear anything further would be a danger to her safety,” Trooper Daniel Beatty wrote in the Wednesday affidavit.
According to the complaint, when a trooper asked Ward if she had a drink she said, “I did – too much.” She makes over $175,000 a year and reportedly will not be reassigned since she judges civil suits instead of criminal cases, TribLive reports.
“Judge Ward is an extremely talented and able judge serving in the Civil Division of our Court and in the Commerce Court handling complex litigation,” Allegheny County President Judge Jeffrey Manning said in a statement. “Any charges against her will receive the same fair and impartial treatment as every other case in our criminal justice system.”
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