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Arizona county judge arrested on DUI charges

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A Coconino County judge has been reassigned to
non-judicial duties following his arrest over the weekend on an extreme driving
under the influence charge.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Superior Court Judge
Joseph Lodge was stopped Sunday morning after he swerved into oncoming traffic.

Authorities say one test showed Lodge’s breath alcohol content was 0.229
percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Authorities say he
admitted taking prescription painkillers for a medical condition and drinking
beer.

The officer who made the stop reported that the man appeared confused and under
the influence of an intoxicant.

Lodge, who handles felony DUI cases, wasn’t on the bench Monday. A message
seeking comment was left on the judge’s office phone Monday evening.

His reassignment is the result of an administrative order signed Monday by
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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