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Local Judge Facing OVI Charge

A Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge is scheduled to appear in a courtroom on February 14th to face an OVI charge. 

54-year-old Monica Hawkins, was stopped Thursday night on State Route 256 in Pickerington. Police say the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol in the vehicle, and Hawkins could not pass field sobriety tests. Police say refused a chemical test, they obtained a warrant for a blood sample that was taken at a local hospital. Police say Hawkins  refused to give a the sample so security had to hold her down to obtain it. Hawkins was elected last November. So far, she has declined comment.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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