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Police: Judge Renae Hoff almost fell before her DUI arrest

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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:04 am | Updated: 1:47 pm, Tue Dec 11, 2012.

TREASURE VALLEY — Third District Judge Renae Hoff nearly fell as she stepped from her vehicle after an officer stopped her for reportedly weaving on the road Aug. 25, according to a Meridian police report.

Hoff’s blood alcohol content on the night of her DUI arrest was .116, the Idaho Press-Tribune has learned. The legal limit in Idaho is .08.

Hoff was removed from presiding over criminal cases after her arrest until her DUI is resolved. She pleaded not guilty last month and her jury trial is set for Dec. 4.

The Meridian Police Department report on Hoff’s arrest says that she had “glassy bloodshot eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her” when she was stopped at about 1:21 a.m. near Ten Mile Road and Acarrera Court in Meridian.

Hoff admitted drinking beer at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival earlier, according to the report.

When the officer asked Hoff to step to the rear of her vehicle, she “almost fell while stepping out of the vehicle, swayed and had an unsteady gait,” the report says.

The officer administered Hoff three field sobriety tests, the report says, including the walk-and-turn and one-leg-stand tests, and placed her under arrest.

Hoff’s attorney, Scott Fouser of Caldwell, said he could not discuss details of the case.

“We’re still in the discovery process, so there’s really not much I can say,” Fouser said Monday.

The Canyon County-based judge was originally appointed to the bench in 1990. She was re-elected in 2010 after running unopposed and earned $112,043 in 2011.

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  • Cynd56 posted at 2:45 pm on Wed, Dec 26, 2012.

    Cynd56 Posts: 1

    Sad to see an excellent judge retire early. We are all human. Glad nobody cares about putting my picture in the paper. I've had a few falls in my lifetime and feel fortunate to have been allowed to recover and continue in private. I could be your doctor, lawyer, child's school teacher, financial advisor, perhaps your boss?, not important enough to get my pic in the paper, but important enough have an impact on your life. Just doesn't seem right somehow.

  • disgustedwithcanyonco posted at 8:36 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    disgustedwithcanyonco Posts: 2

    A Canyon County Juvenile Probation Officer/Supervisor, Chelsea Newton was also charged with DUI on September 15, 2012, yet as far as I know this hasn’t made the news. Apparently an accident was a result of her thoughtless act. The corruption in that department needs to be seriously investigated. The commissioners sit with their heads in the sand and believe the leadership in the department; they believe the Chief who covers for her leadership team and allows this type of behavior to go on due to the fact her husband is facing his second DUI in Ada County within the last few years. A few months back Ms. Newton was put on a short leave from the department due to inappropriate behavior; being found by employees of the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center (who shares a building with Juvenile Probation) intoxicated and passed out in her vehicle while parked on county property (parking lot of probation/detention) This behavior is definitely not something to demonstrate to the youth under supervision of that department. I am related to an employee of the department who is in fear of losing their job should they speak out (many other employees fear the same retaliation). Sad situation if you ask me!

  • tommysb5 posted at 7:27 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    tommysb5 Posts: 17

    Another one bites the dust.


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