A Texas judge who was arrested on drunk driving charges had her case thrown out by a fellow judge in Hidalgo County Court two weeks ago.
Nora Longoria, a justice for the 13th Court of Appeals, was arrested after driving 69 mph in a 55 mph zone. According to the New York Daily News, Longoria admitted to the officer that pulled her over that she had consumed five beers that evening, but hadn’t drank for three hours before driving. The officer’s report indicates that Longoria had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. It also indicates that she failed a series of field sobriety tests. Longoria only complied with the officers after they threatened her with charges of resisting arrest, and she refused to take a breathalyzer after arriving at the police station.
According to the Valley Morning Star, Longoria tried to use her status as a justice to avoid arrest. “Please let me go home. 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,” Longoria allegedly told the arresting officer.
Judge Ronaldo Cantu was responsible for throwing out Longoria’s case on November 20. Cantu listed “Other; In the Interest of Justice” as his reason for dismissal. He claims that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Longoria was under the influence. “When looking at the video it doesn’t sound to me like she had slurred speech,” District Attorney Rene Guerra said.
Longoria still received a citation for speeding and was forced to pay $500 in court fees. Her term as justice expires in 2018.
Sources: The New York Daily News, The Valley Morning-Star