Arizona judge accused of extreme DUI in March resigns – News21USA

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (News21USA) — A central Arizona judge who was charged with extreme DUI earlier this year has resigned.

The state Commission on Judicial Conduct said Friday that Celé Hancock agreed not to serve as a judicial officer in Arizona again.

The independent state agency said it will not impose disciplinary sanctions against Hancock, 45, who had been a Yavapai County Superior Court judge since 2010.

According to a Prescott police report, Hancock was seen stumbling out of a grocery store on March 19 before leaving.

Police said body camera footage from the traffic stop showed Hancock telling officers she drank a couple glasses of wine a few hours before she was pulled over.

Breath tests showed Hancock initially had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.158% and subsequent tests of 0.219% and 0.214%, all well above Arizona’s DUI threshold of 0.08% for drivers, police said. and added that she was charged with extreme DUI.

Hancock pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in May, spent a day in jail and paid a $1,650 fine.

Following Hancock’s arrest, the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that his cases be reassigned to other judges.

Hancock was elected to office by Yavapai County Fifth Judicial Division voters in 2010 and ran unopposed in 2014, 2018 and 2022.

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