McALLEN — Court records released on Monday give insight into the night that a police officer stopped an appeals court judge for speeding and ended up arresting her for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
On Saturday, shortly after 1:21 a.m. a McAllen police officer was driving near the area of North 23rd Street and Freddy Gonzalez Avenue, where he saw a woman driving a silver two-door Lexus at 69 mph in a 55-mph zone, the officer said in his police report.
Nora Lydia Longoria, a justice for the 13th Court of Appeals had been driving the vehicle when the police officer stopped her and eventually arrested and charged her with DWI.
Longoria posted a $2,000 bond and authorities released her from jail shortly after 10 a.m. the same day; the charge is a Class B misdemeanor.
During the traffic stop, when Longoria reached for her license, she pulled out a small black wallet and showed the officer a badge as she told the officer that she was a judge, the officer noted in his report. He wrote that she had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol so he made her get out of the vehicle and administered a field sobriety tests, which she failed, the report said.
Once another police officer and a sergeant arrived at the scene, Longoria said she had been having dinner with friends and drank five beers with the last drink being three hours before she got behind the wheel, records show.
When the officers told her that she was under arrest, Longoria became distraught and said, “Please let me go home. I live a couple of miles away … you are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today,” the court document states.
During the exchange of words, Longoria refused to let the officers place the handcuffs on her and told the officers that they would have to drag her to the patrol car. The police officers and the sergeant told the judge that if she kept refusing their orders they would charge her with resisting arrest, at which point she let them place the handcuffs in front of her and they took her to the police station where she refused to take a breathalyzer, court records show.
Voters elected Longoria as a justice of the 13th court of appeals in 2012 where she, along with four other justices and a chief justice, serve a 20-county area handling appeals in criminal and civil matters.
Court staff at Longoria’s Edinburg office said the judge was not in the office on Monday.