Former Wentzville Judge Not Guilty of DWI
ST. CHARLES (AP) - A municipal judge in the St. Louis-area town of Wentzville has been acquitted of driving while intoxicated charges.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury deliberated just 15 minutes Monday before returning a not guilty verdict in the case of 39-year-old Michael Carter. He was found guilty of speeding and fined $50.
The charges stemmed from a 2009 traffic stop on Interstate 70. A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer testified he smelled intoxicants on Carter's breath and that Carter mumbled, was uncertain on his feet and had bloodshot eyes. But Carter refused to take a breath test.
Carter lost the race to retain his judgeship last week. His attorney says the DWI charge turned his client's life upside down and likely cost him re-election.