Dem Judge Arrested for ‘Extreme DUI’

Pulled over at 9:30 A.M. with a .229 BAC


A  Nevada county judge was arrested Sunday morning after police witnessed his car swerving into oncoming traffic.

Coconino County Superior Court Division 5 Judge Joseph James Lodge Jr., a Democrat, was charged with an “extreme DUI” following being pulled over by police and blowing a .299 BAC, over three times the legal driving limit, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.

Lodge admitted to taking three Oxycodone pills and drinking three beers earlier that morning, although he later pulled a nearly empty bottle of vodka from the car’s center console.

The arresting police officer reported that Lodge “was not wearing shoes and struggled to get out of the car, slamming his arm in the door on his way out,” and was not subject to a field sobriety test “in the interest of his safety.”

Lodge was then brought to the Coconino County Detention Facility:

He was cited for extreme DUI and then released into the custody of a third party. The police report did not mention DUI drug charges and a blood draw was not conducted to test for the presence of pharmaceuticals. He was also not charged with having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.