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Judge Who Holds Drunk Driving Trial At High School Each Year Charged With DUI

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Ohio judge who moves a drunk driving trial to a local high school each year to teach kids about the dangers of driving under the influence is now being charged with the offense himself.

Perry County Judge Dean L. Wilson was charged with operating a moving vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failing to stop after an accident.

Columbus police say Wilson, 60, hit a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus with his Mercedes-Benz last Sunday night. No one was injured.

Wilson’s tradition of moving a drunk driving trial off site, with the permission of defendants, are scheduled in the spring each year to coincide with high school proms.

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According to a police report, Wilson refused to take a breathalyzer test or a field sobriety test. His license was automatically suspended for refusing to take the breath test, according to his attorney Jon Saia.

He faces up to a maximum of six months in jail for the two first-degree misdemeanors charges.

His arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court is scheduled for Wednesday.

A Texas appeals court judge arrested for drunk driving in July allegedly pleaded for special treatment, the New York Daily News reported.

“Please let me go home," Justice Nora Longoria allegedly told McAllen police who pulled her over. "I live a couple of miles away ... you are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today."

Sources: The Columbus Dispatch, New York Daily News

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