Drunk judge arrested for assaulting officers after mistaking them for taxi driversBy Mason White 11:30 AM August 21, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A judge was arrested in front of his children after police officers refused to drive him home.
The judge was so intoxicated that he mistook the police officers for taxi drivers.
The judge was arrested and charged with assault after punching officers and trying to bite them because they refused to take him to his vacation home.
The judge of France, had reportedly been visiting his three children at the home of his former wife in the southern city of Montpellier, when he tried to hail a cab to take him and his children to his home.
During the incident, the judge stated: “I am a deputy presiding judge, take me home.” The judge was arrested and his children, ages 7, 8 and 10, were returned to their mother.
The following day, the judge admitted that his level of intoxication led him to believe that the blue lights of the police car were that of a taxi.
Even after the officers told him that they were not taxi drivers and tried to reason with him, the judge hurled insults at them and struck one of the officers in the groin.
He then tried to bite other police officers before being arrested and taken to a police station. The 48-year-old judge, who has not been identified, was placed in police custody for the night, before being charged with assault.
In addition to the criminal charges, the judge is expected to face professional disciplinary proceedings.