Attorney: Judge suffered concussion hours before OVI arrest

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — An attorney for a Franklin County judge charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated says her client suffered a concussion in the hours before her arrest.

Judge Monica Hawkins was arrested last week after another driver called police to tell them about a potential drunk driver near the intersection of Diley Road and State Route 256.

Police say they pulled Hawkins over in front of the Subway off State Route 256 after an officer witnessed Hawkins make a marked lanes violation.

The officer said he “could immediately smell a strong order of an alcoholic beverage” when Hawkins rolled down the window and once Hawkins stepped out of the car saw what he believed to be “vomit” on the floor in her car.

Dash camera video released by police shows Hawkins struggle to stay balanced during roadside sobriety tests.

Hawkins’ attorney, Brad Koffel released a statement Wednesday, explaining that Judge Hawkins suffered a concussion in the hours before her arrest.

Monica Hawkins is recovering from multiple injuries sustained hours prior to her arrest from which she has no recollection. She suffered a serious concussion and has bruising on her face, head and torso. She has very little recall of the entire evening. We are still investigating the several unaccounted for hours leading up to her arrest.  The behavior exhibited on the video is bizarre and completely uncharacteristic of her 54 years of life.  She is extremely grateful that the other motorist called for assistance and no other motorists were involved.

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