SOUTHFIELD (WWJ/AP) – A woman charged with drunken driving while a Michigan judge and his two daughters were in the car faces possible jail time.
Brenda Conway pleaded guilty Tuesday in Southfield’s 46th District Court to a misdemeanor of operating while intoxicated with occupants younger than 16.
Conway, who is the girlfriend of Macomb County Circuit Judge Richard Caretti, was also ordered to wear an alcohol tether until her Dec. 12 sentencing, where she could get five days in jail to a year’s imprisonment.
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Abood said his client entered the plea to move on and shield the judge’s children.
Police say Conway was stopped in Franklin on suspicion of driving drunk in January. Conway told police she and Caretti had been at a wedding reception earlier that night.
Authorities said at the time, Conway registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent during an initial breath test, the Detroit News reported. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08.
Caretti wasn’t charged in the case. He denied that he was drunk or knew that his girlfriend may have been drunk that night.
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