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Former family court judge pleads guilty to DWI

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former family court judge pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge Thursday and was ordered to spend one year on supervised probation.

Deborah Walker (Source: NMCourts.gov)

Deborah Walker (Source: NMCourts.gov)

Deborah Walker retired in lieu of suspension and further disciplinary proceedings following her January arrest. She had been a judge in the 2nd Judicial District since 1993.

Walker, 65, was arrested Jan. 23 after she was involved in a wreck as she made a U-turn on Candelaria NW near Rio Grande. A Breathalyzer test showed she was above the legal limit and she performed poorly on field sobriety tests, police said.

She pleaded guilty to first-offense driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, a petty misdemeanor, and failure to keep a proper lookout, a misdemeanor.

Walker’s sentence was deferred for one year on the condition that she spend a year on probation. She is not to possess or consume alcohol or drugs, and is subject to random testing. Walker is also required to complete 24 hours of community service, use an ignition interlock, pay various court costs, and attend DWI school and a victim impact panel, according to court documents. The sentencing document also says Walker is eligible for early termination from probation if it is recommended by Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court’s probation division.

Judge Conrad Perea, who works in the 3rd Judicial District, presided over the hearing after all the Metro Court judges recused themselves from the case.

Walker’s attorney, Timothy Padilla, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

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