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Longtime Durham judge pleads guilty to DWI

Posted February 23, 2016 7:15 p.m. EST

Judge David LaBarre

— A former Durham judge must undergo substance abuse treatment as part of a guilty plea in a drunken driving case.

Retired Superior Court Judge David LaBarre was charged Dec, 16 with driving while impaired, and he pleaded guilty this month.

As part of the plea, LaBarre must complete 24 hours of community service, and he will be on unsupervised probation for the next year.

LaBarre served as a District Court and Superior Court judge in Durham for more than two decades, from the late 1970s until 2002, and he continues to serve as an emergency judge for the state.