Dakota County District Court Judge Michael Vann Sovis did not have a great Christmas Eve.
He was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving after police found his car stuck on a snow bank in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul. Witnesses reported Vann Sovis hit several parked cars on a local street. A woman was in the car with the judge. Neither needed medical attention, but the judge was taken in to custody on suspicion of third-degree drunken driving. He was released from bail on Christmas morning after posting a $12,000 bond.
He was charged with two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving. A breath test recorded a 0.28 BAC at about 8:50 p.m. The legal limit to drive in Minnesota is 0.08 BAC.
The city attorney’s office charged Sovis with two counts of third-degree driving while impaired, both gross misdemeanors, Thursday.
Sovis, a 1975 graduate of Hamline University School of Law, has been on the bench since 1988. He’s been elected four times since then, most recently in 2008. His current term expires in 2015.
He was reprimanded in 2008 by the Board on Judicial Standards. Sovis allegedly personally ordered the arrest of a man involved in a dispute with a family friend.
The Pioneer Press has more on the arrest.