Police report reveals details of Judge Monica Hawkins OVI arrest

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Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court Judge Monica Hawkins will be arraigned Feb. 14 after she was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence by Pickerington police.

Police said Hawkins, 54, was arrested after a driver called to tell them about a potential drunk driver swerving all over the road near the intersection of Diley Road and State Route 256.

The person who called 911 followed that car and provided a “play-by-play” of what was happening until a Pickerington police officer saw the alleged drunk driver passing through the intersection here at Refugee Road and State Route 256, according to a police report.

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

She was elected as a Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court judge in Franklin County in November.

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.

The officer then states he told Hawkins to walk to his cruiser and he said she stumbled.

That’s when he began to give the field sobriety test and asked her a few questions like, “What day is it?”  She responded, “Thursday.”

He asked, “what is the date?” She responded, “the 17th,” but the police report states the incident happened on January 31.

The report also states Hawkins was unable to recite the alphabet accurately from N to Z and could not count backward from 47 to 27.

According to the police report this incident was captured on officer’s cruiser cam.

NBC4 attempted to reach out Hawkins, but no response.

She is expected in court on February 14th according to the police report.

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