A New Mexico appeals court judge who was suspended after being charged in a drunk-driving case last month has pleaded guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated.
A first offender, Judge Robert Robles, 60, got probation and community service in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court after his plea yesterday and must use an ignition lock device for a year, reports the Albuquerque Journal (sub. req.).
He was charged with aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving after allegedly running a stop sign at 50 mph and nearly hitting a police car in Albuquerque last month. His breath-alcohol test reportedly registered .20, nearly two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 0.08.
A confidential legal ethics investigation concerning the incident by the Judicial Standards Commission apparently is ongoing.