Arizona county judge Joseph Lodge arrested on DUI charges

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - 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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