REDWOOD CITY -- A San Mateo County judge was arrested on DUI charges in Redwood City late last month, police records show.

Judge Joseph Scott, the second-highest-ranking judge in the county, was arrested on DUI charges May 24 as he was driving on a Redwood City freeway, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday.

Though the 63-year-old Scott was cited by Redwood City police on the misdemeanor charge, the district attorney said the case is under review to determine which charges should be filed.

"We expect the blood test results will be received and considered by my charging prosecutor this week," Wagstaffe said. "And then the formal filing decision will be made."

Scott was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. driving north on Highway 101 at Woodside Road, Redwood City police Lt. Sean Hart said. Hart would not say what prompted officers to pull over the San Carlos resident, nor whether Scott was alone in the vehicle at the time.

Information about Scott's blood alcohol content was not immediately released. After his arrest, he was released at the scene.

Wagstaffe declined to comment on the details of the case until his office made a decision on how to charge the judge. Scott, who has been a San Mateo County judge since 2003, is serving a six-year term that will expire in January 2017.

Scott will make his first court appearance Aug. 5 at the same courthouse where he serves on the bench. The suspected DUI is the first on record for Scott, who is the assistant presiding judge.


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