Ramsey County judge charged with DWI

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE 11) A Ramsey County judge entrusted with upholding the law is instead accused of breaking it.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses District Court Judge Gurdip Singh Atwal with two counts of third-degree driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failing to stop for a stop sign.

Prosecutors say the judge, who goes by G. Tony Atwal, had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he was stopped for speeding on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul shortly before 1 a.m. New Year's Day.

The officer who pulled Atwal over says he was doing at least 40 in a 30 mph zone, and failed to come to a complete stop as he rolled through a stop sign.

The arresting officer told prosecutors he noticed that Atwal's eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his speech was slurred and that the judge smelled like alcohol.

A breath test showed his blood alcohol concentration was .17, more than twice the legal limit.

The 43-year-old judge previously pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2007 in Washington County.