Drunk judge tried to bite police officer after mistaking them for taxi drivers
Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30
A DRUNK French judge tried to bite policemen after mistaking them for taxi drivers
The unnamed judge admitted that he was so drunk that he thought the blue light on the police car meant that it was a taxi.
The judge was accompanied by his three young children, whom he had just collected from the home of his ex-wife in the southern city of Montpellier on Saturday evening.
After he was charged with assault the next day, he admitted that he was so intoxicated that he thought the blue light on the police car meant that it was a taxi.
When the officers explained that they were not a taxi service, he ordered: "I am a deputy presiding judge, take me home."
The officers said they tried to reason with him but he started insulting them and struck one policeman in the crotch.
The 48-year-old judge, who works in the north of France and was holidaying on the Mediterranean coast, then tried to bite a second policeman.
He was arrested and taken to a police station, where he tried to bite another two officers.
He was charged with "assaulting persons in a position of public authority", an offence that carries a maximum sentence of €7,500 and six months in prison.
His children, aged 7, 8 and 10, were returned to the custody of their mother.
In addition to the criminal charges, the judge is expected to face professional disciplinary proceedings.