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Judge Monica Hawkins charged with obstructing official business

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Franklin County Judge Monica Hawkins is now facing a criminal obstruction charge related to her January 31 OVI charge in Pickerington.

According to a criminal complaint, Hawkins is facing a charge of obstructing official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Hawkins was pulled over by Pickerington police on January 31 near the intersection of Diley Road and State Route 56. Police say she was pulled over for 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 said last week that she suffered a concussion sometime before being pulled over that night.

According to court documents, police got a warrant for a blood draw after Hawkins refused to provide a breath sample. She was transported to the Ohio Health Pickerington Medical Campus.

Police said Hawkins became uncooperative and actively resisted having her blood drawn. 

She was charged with obstructing official business because her actions "hampered, impeded, or delayed" the execution of the search warrant, according to police.


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