- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A veteran Broward County circuit judge has been convicted of DUI and reckless driving.

A Palm Beach County jury found 57-year-old Cynthia Imperato guilty on Friday. Palm Beach County Judge Mark Eissey then sentenced Imperato to 20 days house arrest, 12 months of probation and about $2,500 in fines and court costs. The sentence will be suspended while Imperato appeals, but she will be unable to drive and must submit to weekly alcohol tests while the appeal is pending.

Imperato previously rejected a plea deal of 12 months of probation, fines and a six-month suspension of her driver’s license.

Boca Raton police say Imperato was stopped in November 2013 after someone called to report a possibly impaired driver. Police say Imperato refused to take a breath test or perform field sobriety tests, so she was arrested.

Imperato is a former police officer who was first appointed as a judge in 2003 by Gov. Jeb Bush.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, https://www.pbpost.com

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