Police: New Mexico Judge Arrested on DWI Charges

New Mexico Appeals Court Judge Robert Eugene Robles was arrested Wednesday on aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving charges, police said.

Robles, 60, was pulled over around 1 a.m. on an Albuquerque street, police spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

He told The Associated Press that Robles was released about 10 to 12 hours later on his own recognizance.

Gibbs gave no further details about the arrest.

But the Las Cruces Sun-News reported that police put his breath-alcohol concentration at .20, well above the state's legal limit of .08.

Robles was first appointed to the appellate court in 2008 and was re-elected last November.

He served as a state district judge in Dona Ana County for 17 years until the 2008 appointment.
During his tenure on the district court bench, he was elected by his colleagues as chief judge and served for nine years.

Robles private practice has included personal injury, commercial, domestic relations and criminal law.