Snohomish County judge may face DUI charges

MILL CREEK (AP) — A Snohomish County judge who presides over drunken-driving cases may now be facing DUI charges.

The Daily Herald reports the Washington State Patrol stopped Snohomish County District Court Judge Timothy Ryan on the Bothell-Everett Highway on Wednesday night. Patrol Sgt. Kirk Rudeen says his car was drifting outside its lane and he was going 53 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Rudeen says Ryan was cooperative and polite, but he smelled of alcohol.

The arresting trooper reported Ryan’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and that his face was flushed. A second trooper called to the scene says the Lynnwood judge’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

State Patrol reports show Ryan refused field-sobriety tests and refused a breath test.

Ryan told the trooper he drank one beer with a fellow judge before his arrest. Efforts to reach the judge by phone were unsuccessful.

In Washington, a driver who refuses to take a breath test during a DUI stop is subject to a two-year license suspension.