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Local Judge Now Facing Obstruction Charge

A Franklin County judge charged with OVI is now facing a charge of obstructing official business. 

Prosecutors say 54-year-old Monica Hawkins prevented police from collecting a blood sample from her after she refused to take field sobriety tests during her January 31 arrest in Pickerington. Police obtained a search warrant for the sample after she also refused to take a breathalyzer test. Hawkins has been on the bench since her arrest and is due to appear in court on Thursday. She and her attorney have 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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