Judge who presides over drink-driving cases is arrested for DWI after backing into occupied space

Judge who presides over drink-driving cases is himself arrested for DWI after trying to back into a parking space that already had a car in it

A Texas judge who regularly oversees drink driving cases was arrested for drink driving after trying to reverse his car into a parking spot that already had a car in it, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

Travis County Judge John Lipscombe was arrested for DWI in the lobby of the Homewood Suites by Hilton in North Austin a little after midnight on Saturday May 7, telling deputies that he had only had ‘a couple of drinks at his house but not even to get messy’.

Deputies were called to the parking lot of the hotel after a verbal argument had broken out between Lipscombe and a witness who had intervened to stop him backing in to the parked car in the spot he was trying to take.

After the dispute Lipscombe, who has been a presiding judge in the county for over ten years, drove around the parking lot and parked in a disabled space right next to the hotel entrance. 

Arresting officers found the judge sitting in the hotel lobby ‘appearing slow to answer questions and was overall disorientated’. They also reported that the Lipscombe slurred his speech and smelling faintly of alcohol.

Travis County Judge John Lipscombe (pictured in mugshot) was arrested for DWI in the lobby of the Homewood Suites by Hilton in North Austin a little after midnight on Saturday May 7

Deputies were called to the parking lot of the hotel after a verbal argument had broken out between Lipscombe and a witness who had intervened to stop him backing in to the parked car in the spot he was trying to take. He has served the County Court at Law #3 since January 2011, overseeing Class A and B misdemeanors, including drunk driving cases

Deputies were called to the parking lot of the hotel after a verbal argument had broken out between Lipscombe and a witness who had intervened to stop him backing in to the parked car in the spot he was trying to take. He has served the County Court at Law #3 since January 2011, overseeing Class A and B misdemeanors, including drunk driving cases

On first questioning he could not tell officers when he had started or stopped drinking that day, but later said he was at home between 5.30pm and 7pm, where he claimed to have had two double shots of rum and Coke.

According to an affidavit, Lipscombe believed he had arrived at the Homewood Suites hotel at ‘dusk’ on Friday May 6. But the arresting time was midnight on Saturday May 7.

Throughout the entire exchange, the Travis Country judge was ‘argumentative’ and struggled to remember instructions from officers, including counting down from 76 to 51 when he was requested to only count until 56.

Lipscombe refused to take a breath test due to having an ‘injured ankle’. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a Class B misdemeanor.

The judge was booked into Travis Country jail around 9am on Sunday, jail records show. 

He has served the County Court at Law #3 since January 2011, overseeing Class A and B misdemeanors, including drunk driving cases.

He was due to preside over more than two dozen drink driving (DWI) cases today, according to public records.

‘Judge Lipscombe will not be making a statement at this time. We have a visiting judge covering his docket and other matters starting today and until he returns. At this time, we do not know when he will return,’ the office of the Honorable John Lipscombe told KVUE. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk

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