Cleveland Area Judge Sentenced in Drunk Driving Case

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland area judge entered a no contest plea and was sentenced Friday in a drunk driving case.

Judge Peter J. Corrigan, 50, was arrested December 17 after police say he was found unresponsive and partially blocking an intersection in the Cleveland MetroParks. Police said Corrigan submitted to a breath alcohol test and tested at .152, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

Police say the car was still in drive, and he was slumped over the steering wheel.

Corrigan appeared Friday morning in Rocky River Municipal Court, pleading no contest to charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and impeding the roadway.

The blood alcohol level was thrown out, after MetroParks rangers and an attorney told the judge the breathalyzer machine used had not been calibrated in some time.

"The most important thing, though, to communicate here is that I should not have been driving," Corrigan said in court.  "I accept full responsibility and all the consequences that are intended with my decision. It was a big mistake.  As you know, I am addressing personal issues so this will never happen again."

Corrigan was sentenced to a three-day alcohol prevention program, and his driving privileges were confined to work and alcohol prevention program meetings. He was also fined $500.

Corrigan has been presiding behind the bench at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for the past eight years.

Corrigan is still on the bench.

The misdemeanor OVI charge does not preclude him from hearing cases.

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