Tumwater municipal court judge arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run

John V. Lyman, 65, a Tumwater Municipal Court Judge has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hitting a parked car and another vehicle on Saturday afternoon after he left the Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

Lyman was arrested after a motorist called 911 to report a hit-and-run accident. According to a report by Seattle’s KING5 news, the motorist followed the judge to a home after calling police.

Police administered two breathalyzer tests to Lyman and determined that blood-alcohol content (BAC)measured .13 and .14%. In Washington State, 0.08% is the legal standard for intoxication.

According to a report, a witness saw Lyman hit a parked car at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course and leave the scene prior to the second accident. The witness recorded Lyman’s license number.

No one suffered any injures in the Tumwater motor vehicle accidents.

 In Washington State, all DUI offenses are gross misdemeanors. RCW 9A.20.021, 46.61.502(5) & 46.61.504(5). Seattle Municipal Court generally requires a person arrested for DUI to appear in court within 48 hours of the next business day. Usually, prosecutors request bail and can ask the judge to require alcohol intervention programs, ignition interlock devices and abstinence from alcohol.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunken driver, you should contact an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney who can insure your rights are protected. We aggressively work the cases of our clients and we will investigate to see if the person who injured you was negligently served, violating DRAM shop laws which finds any established who served an apparently intoxicated person liable for damages. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including lost wages, medical costs and for pain and suffering.

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