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Judges STILL know to refuse breath tests!

In yet another showing of solidarity, a recent Dallas Civil Court Judge refused to take a breath test after being arrested for suspicion of DWI.  His answer to the officer was "not until I get some water and insulin".  Do you think the officer obliged, or just charged him with DWI?

This is just one of a long line of people who know the system, and refuse to take a breath test on the State’s often faulty machine.  You can read about other Judges refusing breath tests HERE.  Along with judges, the police refuse breath tests as well.  Along those lines, Mark Bennett has been blogging about what the Police know that you don’t know (not even talking to the police during their investigations).

Dallas civil court judge arrested on suspicion of DWI

08:14 PM CST on Wednesday, November 14, 2007

From Staff Reports

A Dallas civil court judge was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Judge Bruce Priddy, who was elected in last year’s Democratic sweep, had just left a north Oak Cliff bar around 2:45 a.m. when Dallas police saw him stopped at a green light at Colorado and Zang boulevards, according to a police report.

When the light turned red, he drove through it, turned too sharply and brushed against the curb, police said. The officers noted that the judge had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech. He refused a breath test, saying "not until I get water and insulin." According to the report, Judge Priddy said he has a motor-coordination problem and is diabetic.

Police arrested him after he continued to refuse a test. Judge Priddy declined to comment, but his attorney, Barry Sorrels, said, "I would just hope that everybody would extend to him the same presumption of innocence that applies to any citizen at this point."

Judge Priddy has been under fire after being sued twice by the Texas attorney general’s office for failing to file campaign finance reports on time.

Michael Grabell

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