Broward Judge Imperato Charged With Drunken Driving
Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato was charged with drunken driving in Boca Raton, according to the city's police department.
Imperato, 56, was released Wednesday morning from Palm Beach County Jail on her personal recognizance.
Imperato and her husband, Gabriel Imperato, managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel, are considered one of Broward County's more influential power couples.
A sign on Imperato's courtroom door Wednesday—she has been a criminal division judge since 2003—stated she was out sick. Her judicial assistant, Pamela Desmond, would said only that the judge was unavailable.
Robert Jesionek, the Boca Raton police investigating officer, filed a probable cause affidavit stating Imperato refused to take an Intoxilyzer test or otherwise cooperate with officers after she was pulled over for erratic driving.
The report states that at 9:49 p.m. Tuesday police received a call about a white Mercedes-Benz driving erratically in a commercial district near 49 NE Second St. between Federal Highway and Dixie Highway. The caller believed the driver might be impaired, but the responding officer didn't spot the car.
At 10:53 p.m., a patrol officer stopped a white Mercedes-Benz about three miles away at 2400 W. Palmetto Park Road after observing it moving erratically. The vehicle nearly struck another car at one point, the officer told Jesionek.
Jesionek arrived three minutes after the stop and questioned Imperato. While she was still behind the wheel, Jesionek asked if she knew why she was stopped.
"She stated she was weaving," Jesionek said.
Imperato denied having any medical issues.