Federal judge cited for open container

Federal Judge Patti Minaldi was arrested Thursday for having an open alcoholic beverage container in her vehicle.

The Lake Charles Police Department began investigating a report of a traffic complaint involving a white Ford Thunderbird

in the area of Country Club and Weaver roads at 1:25 p.m., according to a news release from Cpl. Larry Moss, LCPD spokesman.

Officers stopped the vehicle in a private driveway on Fairway Drive, which was later determined to be a residence of Minaldi, Moss said.

Minaldi was arrested for having an open container and transported to police headquarters where she was issued a summons and