It doesn’t matter who you are, if you drink and drive, you could be facing serious consequences as a result.
That is the case for an Allegheny County judge who allegedly drove under the influence and was arrested by state police over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
According to authorities, Christine Ward, 58, of Shadyside, was arrested during a traffic stop after an off-duty deputy observed her driving erratically on Route 28 on Sunday.
The deputy pulled Ward over at a gas station on Fox Chapel Road and then called the incident in.
Ward had been driving a black Mercedes and identified herself to the trooper. The trooper indicated that Ward had bloodshot and watery eyes and he detected an “extremely strong odor of an alcoholic beverage…emitting specifically from Ward’s breath.”
The judge also made “very slow, sluggish and methodical movements and she staggered as she walked,” according to the affidavit.
Ward allegedly had difficulty standing on her own and leaned on her vehicle as well as grabbing the trooper’s arm. When asked if she had anything to drink, the judge acknowledged that she had said “too much.”
The affidavit also stated that Ward fell during a field sobriety test.
Ward was arrested and charged with DUI, careless driving and other related violations.
Ward was taken to UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital, where state police say she refused a blood test, three times.
Ward is due to appear in court to answer the charges sometime next month.
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