While the appellate judge is used to handing down decisions in a Texas courtroom, a choice Nora Longoria made last weekend left her at the mercy of one of local law enforcement.
According to reports, Longoria was driving her Lexus coupe early Saturday morning when police stopped her for exceeding the posted speed limit by 14 miles per hour. Court documents reveal a McAllen police officer initiated a traffic stop and, when the driver reached for her license, she also presented credentials identifying her as a judge.
Unimpressed, the officer went on to investigate the smell of alcohol and Longoria’s slurred speech. He instructed her to exit the vehicle and take a series of sobriety tests. When the officer was satisfied Longoria was under the influence of alcohol, he attempted to arrest her.
It was at this point, reports indicate, that the judge attempted to solicit special treatment, apparently based on her status.
“Please let me go,” she pleaded upon being notified that she was under arrest.
Longoria became upset, police reports indicate, and insisted she lived only a short distance away.
She told police they would ruin her life by taking her to jail.
“I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today,” she insisted.
Two additional officers arrived on the scene and, according to court records, she attempted to prevent authorities from handcuffing her. When threatened with an additional charge of resisting arrest, Longoria reportedly submitted.
Upon arriving at the police station, she reportedly refused to take a Breathalyzer exam. Nonetheless, she was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated and released from jail on $2,000 bond several hours later.
Ultimately, Longoria admitted to drinking five beers during dinner before getting behind the wheel.
The public response to her eventful arrest was mixed; however, many criticized her ostensible attempt to use her position to escape justice.
— Chuy (@LauroJCastro) July 14, 2014
@kgbt She is a judge, a God, she is above the law. Nothing will become of this D.U.I. People like her spit on the Constitution.
— william henry ammons (@williamhenryamm) July 14, 2014
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