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.