Shikellamy principal faces DUI
SELINSGROVE - The principal at Shikellamy School District's Oaklyn Elementary School was charged with DUI and allegedly begged the officer for leniency because of her job.
Holly Ann Judge, 36, of Northumberland, was stopped by state police Tropper Craig Magnuson on Market Street at 11:30 p.m. May 30, according to The Daily Item. Judge initially refused a breathalyzer or blood test, and Magnuson said Judge was unable to stand without stumbling during a field test, the Sunbury newspaper reported.
A blood-alcohol test determined Judge's BAC was .33 percent, more than four times the legal limit, according to the paper.
Magnuson said he initiated a traffic stop after seeing a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee pull onto South Market Street without using a turn signal, drive over the center line and continue traveling north in the southbound lane, according to the newspaper.
The officer said the driver, later identified as Judge, seemed flustered when asked questions; her eyes were bloodshot and she smelled of alcohol. Judge admitted to having a couple of drinks, but begged Magnuson to let her go because she would lose her job, the paper reported. The insurance card she presented had expired in April, police said.
Judge faces two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, failing to drive on the right side of the road, failing to drive on the road, failing to use proper turn signals, failing to have required financial insurance and driving carelessly and recklessly, the newspaper reported. She was charged Thursday before District Judge John H. Reed, Selinsgrove.
Judge was appointed principal in October 2011. Her annual salary is $93,244. School officials withheld comment, but a special school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Island Park Adminstration Center conference room, according to the newspaper.
A preliminary hearing is set for August.