District Judge Facing DWI Only Hearing Civil Cases

A district court judge is back on the job today after being arrested and charged with DWI, but he won't rule on other DWI cases until his is heard first.

Chief Judge David Brantley told WITN that he has elected to keep Judge Lonnie Carraway off cases in Greene County and all criminal cases in the other the two counties he serves, which are Wayne and Lenoir, until March 30th. That's when Carraway will be a defendant his own case. This stems from a single car accident in Greene County Wednesday night.

Highway Patrol troopers say they suspect the judge was under the influence of prescription drugs and arrested for driving while impaired.

Chief Judge Brantley says Judge Carraway is presiding over civil cases for now, since there are only 6 judges in the three county district and one of them is currently on vacation.

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A District Court judge for three counties in the east has been arrested and charged with DWI.

Wednesday night, troopers responded to a single vehicle accident in Greene County. Troopers say Judge Lonnie Carraway was driving on Charlie Waters Road around 8:30 p.m. when his car went off the road onto the right shoulder and struck a ditch.

The responding trooper suspected that Judge Carraway was under the influence of prescription drugs. Carraway was placed under arrest for driving while impared and taken to Snow Hill where he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert officer.

Blood from Judge Carraway was sent to the SBI Laboratory for analysis. The results of that blood test may not be available for several weeks.

Carraway was placed under an unsecured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday, March 30 in Greene County.

Mr. Carraway is currently the residing District Court Judge for District 8A (Lenoir and Greene Counties) and District 8B (Wayne County).