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.