|Chief Judge Rucker Smith mugshot|
"A southwestern judicial circuit judge was on the bench Monday after being charged Saturday with Driving Under the Influence. Chief Judge Rucker Smith was arrested for DUI Saturday afternoon, after being stopped for speeding in Leslie. Police say Judge Smith refused to take a field sobriety test, so he was taken to jail and booked on speeding, open container, and driving under the influence refusal first offense charges.
Judge Rucker Smith also hears cases here in Lee County. Driving Under the Influence has a lot involved with it, first there are two types of DUI in Georgia Alcohol and Drug related offenses.Judge Rucker Smith was pulled over Saturday, just after 5:00 on Federal Street in Leslie. Leslie Police say he was stopped for driving 63 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. That's also when they spotted and open container of alcohol the in vehicle. Police say he refused a sobriety test was arrested and charged with DUI refusal first offender. Dougherty County Police we spoke with today say that's the first step in the process. [ . . . ]
[W]hen you're taken to jail, Sumter County [as] in Rucker Smith's case, you're asked again to submit to a breathalizer, blood, or urine testing.
'In the case of alcohol nine times out of ten, to the jail when we'll again read implied consent and you'll be asked to submit to the state administered chemical test of your breath on an Intoxilizer 5000,' said Wertz. If you refuse the test, you're booked into jail, which Smith was. The Sumter County Jail confirms that Smith was never tested at the jail. While a first DUI offense is just a misdemeanor, three times in five years earns tougher penalties. [ . . . ]
Judge Smith faxed us a statement this afternoon saying he has been advised not to comment on his case.
In 2005, the judge was charged with battery and simple battery in a fight with his girlfriend. The following spring, a jury acquitted him of those charges."
Think the folks at the Sumter County jail were cutting the judge a break? Sounds like there's a chance that this guy is going ot be enabled into a real jack-pot.