A San Mateo County judge pleaded not guilty in a Redwood City courtroom Tuesday (Aug. 5) to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. 101 in Redwood City during the Memorial Day weekend.
Police stopped Judge Joseph Scott, 63, who is the second-highest ranking judge in the county, as he was driving at 12:30 a.m. on May 24, according to Redwood City police Lt. Sean Hart.
Officers arrested the judge on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and took him to the First Chance Sobering Station in Burlingame, where he was cited and released, Lt. Hart said.
Judge Scott's blood alcohol level was .12 percent, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The legal driving limit is .08 percent.
The judge's attorney, Richard Keyes, appeared for him in court Tuesday to enter a not guilty plea, Mr. Wagstaffe said.
Mr. Scott has been a Superior Court judge since 2003, and his current six-year term is set to expire in 2017. He is due in court on Sept. 24 for a pretrial conference and on Oct. 27 for a jury trial.