Minaldi charged with DWI (VIDEO)

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A federal judge was charged with DWI on Friday, more than two weeks after she was stopped in her driveway on suspicion of

drunken driving.

Judge Patricia Minaldi, of the Western District of Louisiana, was issued an open-container citation Jan. 23. On Friday, Lake

Charles police announced they were charging Minaldi with first-offense DWI.

Police did so after an investigation that “included a complete review of the in-car video camera footage, witness statements

and officer observations” concluded Friday, Cpl. Larry Moss said in a news release.

On Friday, police also released dash-cam footage of the stop, following a request by news organizations for the video. The

American Press filed a public records request for the video on Feb. 7.

In the video, Minaldi declines to submit to a field sobriety test. An officer is seen repeatedly asking Minaldi to exit her

vehicle. Minaldi repeatedly tells him “no” before officers remove her from the car.