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Longtime Durham judge charged with DWI

Posted December 28, 2015

Judge David LaBarre

— David LaBarre, who served as a District Court and Superior Court judge in Durham for more than two decades, has been charged with driving while impaired, according to court records.

LaBarre was pulled over near his Durham home on Dec. 16, and the arresting officer wrote LaBarre had slurred speech and glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet, records show.

The Durham County District Attorney's Office has asked the state Attorney General's Office to handle the case.

LaBarre was on the bench in Durham from the late 1970s until 2002, and he continues to serve as an emergency judge for the state.


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  • Sean Patrick Dec 29, 2015
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    He should be dis-Barred.

  • Mark Colyer Dec 29, 2015
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    ha ha...