VIDEO: Fla. judge arrested after crashing into courthouse gate

Judge Lynn Rosenthal of Broward County, Fla.

CBS Miami

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Surveillance video has surfaced of a Florida judge who was arrested for DUI outside a courthouse last May, reports CBS Miami.

The footage was released by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case against Broward County Judge Lynn Rosenthal, according to the station.


On Thursday, Rosenthal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor traffic offense after prosecutors announced they were dropping the DUI charge against her. The judge said she had been over-prescribed medication for insomnia in error by her doctor.

Cameras outside the Broward County courthouse parking lot captured Rosenthal arriving in her SUV at the lot gate just before 7 a.m. on May 27. CBS Miami reports the video showed her driving into the gate. After a Broward Sheriff's employee speaks with the judge, the gate is opened slightly and Rosenthal can be seen backing up and hitting it again.

Deputies then surrounded the judge, spoke with her and she was arrested for DUI.

In a statement, Rosenthal said she regrets the incident and is glad that no one was hurt. "It is important for the public to know this accident was the result of an involuntary overdose and adverse drug reaction I had to... the generic form of Ambien CR. This involuntary overdose was caused because my doctor mistakenly prescribed me twice the amount of Ambien CR recommended by the FDA," she said.

Rosenthal's attorney said his client took the drug for the first time ever the night before the accident, according to the station. He said Rosenthal drove to work the next morning unable to realize she was still feeling the effects of the drug and that it wasn't safe for her to be on the road.

Rosenthal is up for re-election next month. Court administrators told CBS Miami she is still at work in the courthouse, handling cases in the foreclosure division.