Ex-judge loses decision as he fights drunken driving case

Associated Press

Manistee – A former Detroit-area judge lost a key decision in his aggressive defense against a drunken driving case in northern Michigan.

David Parrott doesn’t want jurors to hear what he said to a sheriff’s officer after his car slid off a road in Manistee County on Christmas 2018. A test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

Parrott is accused of asking “if anything could be done” and showing a badge to the officer and a tow truck driver, apparently related to his job in Romulus District Court. He was a judge at the time.

The Michigan Court of Appeals said they’re admissible as evidence.

“It is highly probative in that it reflects his consciousness of guilt,” the court said Thursday.

The appeals court also ruled against Parrott on other evidence challenges.

Parrott lost his bid for reelection last year, weeks after he was suspended by the Michigan Supreme Court. Separately, he’s charged with assaulting a woman at his home. The case is pending.