Attorney John Higgins wasn’t scheduled to appear before Alburquerque Metropolitan Court Judge Julie Altwies last week, but that didn’t seem to stop him blundering into her court room during a proceeding. Instead of apologising for interupting Judge Altwies’ courtoom, Higgins ended up hanging around for the best part of 45 minutes before her honour had finally had enough.
A probation officer was called into the courtroom, at the behest of Judge Altwies and Higgins’ blood alcohol content was measured. He blew a .11, according to the Huffington Post, which is .3 above the state’s presumed level for intoxication.
The 69-year-old attorney, who was actually due to appear in a seperate matter in a different court in the building, was taken into custody and then subsequently to a nearby hospital.
Judge Altweis claimed that she had had Higgins taken into custody not only because he had ‘disrupted’ her courtroom but also because she was ‘concerned for his safety’.
Another attorney, Tom Clear, who was actually in the courtroom at the time of Higgin’s drunken arrival, told the Albuquerque Journal that Higgin’s had also wrongly burst into another room. Higgins subsequently claimed not to recollect doing so.
In a succinct statement to the Journal which was quote by the Huff, Clear said that Higgins, “Wasn’t making a lot of sense.”
One would have thought not.
This is not the first time that John Higgin’s drinking has found him on the other side of law. In 2009 Higgins’ was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and went on to spend 48-hours behind bars.
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