Former Wentzville Judge Not Guilty of DWI

9 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, April 12 2011 Apr 12, 2011 Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:59:00 AM CDT April 12, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

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.

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