Sunday, February 6, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Supreme Court justice pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving urged an officer not to arrest her and cited her rulings in drunken driving cases, according to police videotapes.

Justice Alice Robie Resnick, 65, of Toledo, is scheduled to appear in court today, one week after police pulled her over on Interstate 75 in Northern Ohio.

Her attorney, Sheldon Wittenberg, filed a request indicating that she wants to change her “not guilty” plea, but he did not say what the new plea would be.

In the video, shot by a camera on the dashboard of the patrol car, a police sergeant questioning Justice Resnick tells her that he can smell alcohol on her breath.

Justice Resnick assures the officer she can drive safely, but he asks her to take a portable breath-analysis test. She then lowers her voice and says, “I did have something to drink.”

The justice also repeatedly asks to be let go, saying, “My God, you know I decide all these cases in your favor. And my golly, look what you’re doing to me.”

Justice Resnick’s blood-alcohol content registered 0.22 percent, almost three times Ohio’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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