DWI Charge Issued For Judge Who Presides Over Drinking And Driving Cases

A DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge was issued for a judge who regularly presides over drinking and driving cases. The judge was allegedly arrested over the weekend for driving while intoxicated.

When officers made contact with the judge in a North Austin hotel lobby shortly after midnight on Saturday, Judge John Lipscombe, who was elected as a judge in Travis County in 2011, told deputies that he “had a couple of drinks at his house but not even to get messy,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Fox 7 Austin.

After witnesses said that Lipscombe attempted to back into a parking space with a car in it, deputies were called to the scene.

After an argument, the judge drove around the lot and parked in a handicapped space before going into the hotel.

According to Travis County Courts, John Lipscombe was elected as a judge in Travis County in 2011.

The affidavit said, Lipscombe told the deputies that he had two double shots of rum and coke while at his home. However, he refused a field sobriety test due to an injured ankle.

According to Fox. 7 Austin, more than two dozen DWI cases were on Tuesday’s docket for Lipscombe.

On Monday evening, Lipscombe could not be reached for comment.

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