The Travis County judge who oversees drunken driving cases pleaded guilty to DWI

Travis County judge overseeing drunken driving cases pleads guilty to DWI

Judge John Lipscomb presides over drunk driving cases. He will stay in jail for only one day.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas – A Travis County judge who presides over drunken driving cases will spend just one day in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to driving under the influence, according to news partners KVUE. Austin American-Statesman.

Lipscomb, who has presided over Travis County District Court No. 3 since January 2011, was recently charged with Class B felony DWI. He has not returned to his post since his arrest in May, but has expressed a desire to return in the future.

His attorney, Randy Leavitt, said Lipscomb “accepts responsibility for his actions and looks forward to serving the remainder of his term for the people of Travis County,” the Statesman reported.

Citing his lawyer, Stateman reported that the judge will undergo 60 days of inpatient treatment and another 60 days of outpatient follow-up. Leavitt did not elaborate on what the treatment entails.

The DWI charge stemmed from a verbal altercation in a parking lot at an Austin-area hotel. A man called 911 and reported that Lipscomb was trying to back into a parking space when he nearly hit the man’s car. According to reports, Lipscomb then drove around the parking lot and ended up parking in the handicapped space in front of the hotel.

When officers met Lipscomb in the lobby, they said he “seemed slow to respond to questions and was generally disoriented.” Officers also noticed his slurred speech and a faint odor of alcohol.

Police said Lipscomb was argumentative and refused to submit to a preliminary breathalyzer test. A blood test was eventually administered, which resulted in a DWI charge.

Read the full Statesman report Here.

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