DUI Task Force Judge Faces DUI Charge
A Montana judge slated to serve on a DUI task force has been charged with DUI.
Robert E. Lee -- not to be confused with the late Confederate army commander of the same name -- was allegedly driving under the influence of methadone, a synthetic narcotic used for pain relief and to prevent withdrawal from drug addiction.
Lee was on his way to officiate a wedding at the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse on Nov. 13 when police officers found him sweating profusely and disoriented, according to reports. Police say they discovered a methadone tablet in Lee's vehicle. Later, at Lee's house, they reportedly were shown an empty 60-tablet methadone bottle for a prescription filled nine days earlier.
Lee, 66, denies the charge and says he's confident the matter will be resolved in court.
"I'm not on any drugs," he said. "There are several discrepancies in the complaint, and I'm sure when we get into court they'll be clarified."
A retired Butte police officer, Lee is scheduled to become presiding judge over the county's new DUI court starting this October.
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