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Judge arrested on suspicion of DUI

July 04, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area of South Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.

Hon. Judge John Thaddeus Doyle, 56, was arrested about 11:15 p.m. Thursday after officers with the LAPD's South Traffic Division pulled him over in the 4500 block of Don Felipe Drive for an unspecified traffic violation.

Doyle, a criminal court judge, is assigned to the Compton Superior Courthouse, where last August he oversaw the conviction of two men in the 2006 murder of two gas station employees in Carson.

The Compton courtroom was closed Friday for the Fourth of July holiday. No further details about the arrest were available.

Doyle was released on $30,000 bail, according to L.A. County sheriff's officials.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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