- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana judge is stepping down at the end of the year in compliance with a state Supreme Court disciplinary order after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Clarksville Town Court Judge Mickey Weber is expected to tender his resignation to the Clarksville Town Council during its meeting Monday, the News and Tribune and The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal reported.

Weber said leaving office is in the best interests of the Ohio River community.

“I think that my behavior was unacceptable. It was dangerous, and, obviously, violated the trust that the community places in its elected officials, and it called into question the integrity of the court, and it is not fair for me to allow that to, in some way, diminish the good work that the court does,” Weber said.

The Clarksville Town Court handled nearly 1,300 cases in 2013.

Louisville police arrested Weber in January after a collision damaged two parked cars and a fence. Weber told the responding officers he had “too many” beers at a music hall about a half-mile from the scene. He pleaded guilty in March to criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Weber self-reported the arrest to the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications, which filed a misconduct charge against him in September. The Supreme Court filed its disciplinary order Friday.

Weber, 32, cannot serve as a judge again until he successfully completes an approved treatment plan and two-year monitoring plan. He said he plans to expand his law practice.

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