New York Judge Arrested for Allegedly Driving While Intoxicated – On Her Way to Court

New York Judge Arrested for Allegedly Driving While Intoxicated – On Her Way to Court
Leticia Astacio

02/18/2016 AT 11:10 AM EST

Judge Leticia Astacio was supposed to preside in court last Saturday morning, but she never made it onto the bench.

That's because Astacio, 34, was on the way to court for allegedly driving while intoxicated after she allegedly refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Trooper Chris Kowalski told The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that the investigation is still ongoing. According to Kowalski, Astacio's car was damaged in what may have been a one-car crash.

She was charged with DWI with refusal, a misdemeanor.

Astacio was elected to her position in 2014. She had previously worked in the District Attorney's drunken driving bureau in 2009.

Another judge was called in to cover for Astacio, who was released with an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court on March 11.

While the case is pending, Astacio will only hear civil cases.

"It is very important to the judiciary, the public, the judge and the other judges that we are sure we are moving appropriately here," Craig Doran, administrative judge for Seventh Judicial District, told the newspaper. "We always need to be considering that a judge is not any different than anybody else when it comes to the rights everybody has when charged with a crime."

A spokesperson for the state court system did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Astacio's arrest.
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