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DUI charges against Tumwater judge deferred

Last updated January 12, 2011 6:26 a.m. PT


OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Tumwater Municipal Court judge who was charged with drunken driving and hit-and-run expects to return to his job where he’ll preside over drunken driving cases.

The Olympian reports Judge John V. Lyman was granted deferred prosecution Tuesday. Criminal charges will be dismissed if he completes two years of alcohol treatment and three years probation.

The 66-year-old Lyman was arrested at his Olympia home in September after he was accused of crashing into a parked car at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club and a car at a stoplight. No one was injured. Lyman registered blood-alcohol levels of .135 and .140 percent. The leglal limit for drivers is .08 percent.

His lawyer, James Dixon, says Lyman hopes to go back to work soon.

Information from: The Olympian,

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