Ga. judge faces aggressive driving charge

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 6:52 AM
Last updated 6:25 PM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Glynn County Police Department will seek a warrant charging Brunswick municipal court Judge Andrew Lakin with aggressive driving in an Aug. 24 incident in which he is accused to following a woman driver for more than 10 miles.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said Friday that Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett signed a special order moving the matter to the Savannah-based Eastern Judicial Circuit.

Because Lakin is a judge in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, judges here cannot consider the warrant application. Lakin also serves at attorney for the Glynn County school board.

The woman, who is the wife of a Glynn County police sergeant, told officers that Lakin began tailgating her car in his Cadillac as she drove on U.S. 341 at Heritage Christian Academy near the northern city limits.

She drove south to the Brunswick Police Department but found no officers because it has been vacated for renovation. Continuing to drive, she called her husband on her cell phone.

He alerted Brunswick police by radio, and a city officer stopped Lakin in Brunswick.

Lakin has said he followed the woman to warn her about her own dangerous driving.

Brunswick police officials said they would act at the direction of the City Commission but had not opened an investigation.

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TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 09/10/12 - 08:37 am
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What a jerk!

I get so sick of tailgaters around here. I wish more of them would get busted and thrown in jail. They're harassing law abiding drivers and are a menace.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/10/12 - 08:49 am
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You think he is telling the

You think he is telling the truth. I doubt it. Some think they can do anything and because of their position they are above the law.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 09/10/12 - 09:11 am
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As the late George Carlin

... would say in an extremely cheerful voice in his routine, "Sounds like bull**** to me!"

This woman did precisely what law enforcement tells drivers to do, including going to the police station. These are the things a frightened, but thinking victim does. Of course, if it gets that far, the judge will go before one of his slimy peers and be sentenced-- to free gas coupons, courtesy of the county.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 09/10/12 - 09:16 am
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"Brunswick police officials

... said they would act at the direction of the City Commission but had not opened an investigation."

You can just bet if the roles were reversed, the lady's husband would have been bailing her out. This whole 'ruler of the universe above the law' thing is out of control. Shakespeare's line, "Kill all the lawyers," while meant as hyperbole, has great merit. Often, like maggots grow into flies, lawyers become judges.

(No disrespect is meant to flies in the comparison-- they have a natural, useful function)

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/10/12 - 09:21 am
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"I get so sick of tailgaters

"I get so sick of tailgaters around here. I wish more of them would get busted and thrown in jail. They're harassing law abiding drivers and are a menace."

They are too busy setting stationary speed traps. To catch tailgaters (and drunks) they have to be patrolling.

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