A San Mateo County Superior Court judge arrested over Memorial Day weekend for allegedly climbing behind the wheel while intoxicated pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge.
Judge Joseph Craig Scott, 63, did not personally attend court and entered the plea through his attorney Richard Keyes. Scott, through Keyes, waived his right to a speedy prosecution and was scheduled for a pretrial conference Sept. 24 followed by an Oct. 27 jury trial.
Scott had a blood alcohol level of .12 when he was pulled over around 12:30 a.m. May 23 driving north on Highway 101 near Woodside Road. The Redwood City police reported Scott was weaving which is what led to the traffic stop and failed field sobriety tests.
He was taken to the First Chance sobering station rather than jail where he was cited and later released.
He is charged with two alternative misdemeanor DUI charges, one of driving with more with .08 in the blood and another of driving while under the influence.
Keyes did not return a call for comment on his client’s charges.
Scott remains free from custody on his own recognizance.
At the time of his arrest, Scott was the assistant presiding judge which is the second-highest rank in San Mateo County Superior Court. He is currently the family law supervising judge. Scott joined the bench in 2003 and his current six-year term expires in 2017. He has no prior DUI arrests.
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge was last prosecuted for a DUI in this county in the 1970s. That judge was convicted and continued to serve on the bench without incident, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
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