A police dashcam video has been released of a Texas judge failing a sobriety test one month after court dropped her DUI charges.
Texas Judge Nora Longoria was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, reports The Daily Mail. Her case never went to court as the presiding judge said it “lacked strong evidence.”
In a recently released dashcam video the evidence needed to prosecute Longoria for DUI appears to have been present all along.
The video was recorded during a July traffic stop in McAllen, Texas. Longoria can be seen struggling to walk a straight-line. She teeters and loses her balance several times during the failed sobriety test.
As strong a case the video makes for Longoria being guilty of DUI, Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 8 Judge Rolando Cantu threw out the case last month, using “other” for the reasoning.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said the dashcam tape was never received by her office from McAllen police.
Guerra says the footage she saw was from the police station, and it shows a much more “put together” Longoria, reports New York Daily News. It was that video that made the case not have strong enough evidence to take to court.
"When looking at the video it doesn't sound to me like she had slurred speech," Guerra said earlier this week.
According to the arresting officer, Longoria pleaded with him to not arrest her.
“You are going to ruin my life,” Longoria allegedly told him. The dashcam video does not provide audio of their conversation.
The officer claims Longoria admitted to having five beers the night she was pulled over.
Longoria also reportedly became emotional and refused to be handcuffed, and told police they would have to drag her to the patrol car. She also refused to provide blood or urine tests.
Longoria has sat on the 13th Court of Appeals since 2012.