Broward Judge Cynthia Imperato Found Guilty in DUI Trial

A Broward judge facing DUI and reckless driving charges in Palm Beach County was found guilty Friday.

Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato, 57, faces up to a year in jail on the charges, which stem from a November 2013 traffic stop. Imperato had pleaded not guilty.

According to police, an officer spotted Imperato driving erratically and nearly hitting another car in Boca Raton. After she was stopped, the officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath and noted that her eyes were red and glassy, her speech was slow and slurred, and her face was red and flush, according to the arrest report.

Imperato refused to get out of her car and when the officer opened her door, she refused to walk to the front of the officer's car, the report said.

Imperato has been a Broward circuit judge since 2003 and ran unopposed in 2010. Her term is set to end in 2017.

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