Sunday, April 19, 2009

Even Superior Court Judges drive drunk - Celebrity DWIs

Enforcing DWI laws is a difficult job for police officers. Here is the transcript of such an arrest that occured in Glastonbury, Connecticut on October 10, 2008 when a Connecticut State Trooper had the unfortunate job of having to arrest a State Superior Court Judge. To read about the nonsense that goes on, there is a brief transcript of the interview. To access the whole interview, click here.

From a video recorded shortly after midnight on October 10 at police headquarters in Glastonbury, Connecticut. State Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield was pulled over earlier that night after her car sideswiped a parked police cruiser occupied by Trooper Michael Kowal. Cofield, who smelled of alcohol, was arrested and taken to police headquarters by Kowal, who is white, and was processed by Sergeant Dwight Washington, an African American. She was eventually found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.16, twice the state’s legal limit. Cofield, sixty, became the state’s first female African-American judge in 1991. After the incident, Cofield entered an alcohol education program, and charges against her will be dropped upon completion. In February, she was suspended from the Connecticut Superior Court for 240 days.

Every year GCASA honors the law enforcement personnel who make our roads safer and who have to deal with the abuse and harassment by drunk offenders even judges and politicians who choose to drive drunk. These men and women who enforce our laws to keep us all safer deserve our recognition, acknowledgement, support, and gratitude. Please join us on June 12, 2009 in Batavia, NY when we honor our men and women in blue. For more information, click here.

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