'I Know My Behavior Was Inexcusable'

'I Know My Behavior Was Inexcusable' »Play Video
SEATTLE - Washington Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge was cited for drunken driving and hit and run after she reportedly ran her car into a parked vehicle Friday night.

Bridge allegedly ran into another vehicle around 9:15 p.m. Friday in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, then tried to drive away, police said.

Blood tests reportedly showed Bridge's blood alcohol level to be 0.21 percent, nearly three times the state intoxication threshold of 0.08.

Bridge was elected to the state's high court in November after running unopposed.

On Sunday, Bridge released a statement through her attorney. It reads as follows:

On Friday evening I made an extremely poor decision and drove my car after having too much to drink. As a result I was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop immediately after striking an unoccupied vehicle. I know my behavior was inexcusable. I apologize to the people of the State of Washington, to my fellow members of the State Supreme Court and to my family and friends. There are not words to describe how deeply remorseful I am. I thank God no one was hurt.

This incident has caused me to take a serious look at my use of alcohol. It is not an issue to be taken lightly, and I pledge to take every step necessary to address it. I am going to seek a professional alcohol evaluation and will diligently pursue any recommended treatment. The people of this State have a right to expect that their public officials will admit their errors and deal with the consequences with integrity and honesty. The events of Friday evening were my fault, and I accept full responsibility. No one is more disappointed in me than I am.

I have devoted my professional career and much of my personal life as well to serving the public. It has been a privilege to do so and I hope to continue to serve the people of our State on the Supreme Court for many years to come. I have always dealt with challenges in my life in a direct and forthright way. I will deal with this too as honestly and openly as I can. Again, I offer my deepest apology.

Thank you.