ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Ramsey County judge could serve 20 days in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to DWI.
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses District Court Judge Gurdip Singh Atwal with two counts of third-degree driving while intoxicated (DWI), careless driving and failing to stop for a stop sign.
Prosecutors say the judge, who goes by G. Tony Atwal, had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he was stopped for speeding on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul shortly before 1 a.m. New Year's Day. The officer who pulled Atwal over says he was doing at least 40 in a 30 mph zone, and failed to come to a complete stop as he rolled through a stop sign.
The arresting officer told prosecutors he noticed that Atwal's eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his speech was slurred and that the judge smelled like alcohol. A breath test showed his blood alcohol concentration was .17, more than twice the legal limit.
The 43-year-old judge previously pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2007 in Washington County.
After he pleaded guilty in court Tuesday, he was sentenced to serve 20 days in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility, but could be eligible for work release. He was also fined nearly $1,000.