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Former judge arrested for DWI

Former judge arrested for DWI

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Former judge arrested for DWI

A former local longtime judge known for coming down on drunk drivers was arrested for suspicion of DWI this weekend in Bonne Terre.

According to Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert, James Pennoyer, 66, was arrested for suspicion of DWI after a Bonne Terre police officer was dispatched to West School and Jackson Stret at 5:40 p.m. Friday for a vehicle that struck a pole.

Pennoyer was taken in for a breathalyzer and was charged municipally with suspicion of DWI and no proof of insurance in the City of Bonne Terre. Pennoyer bonded out on a $500 bond Saturday morning.

Pennoyer served as an associate judge for St. Francois County Circuit Court Division III for 23 years and resigned 10 months before the end of his sixth term. Before that, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney for a couple years and in March of 2002, he went back to private practice.

Pennoyer was disbarred in October 2009 after a Missouri Supreme Court order was brought down. The order stated there was probable cause to believe that Pennoyer was guilty of professional misconduct, but the order didn’t state what the allegations of misconduct were.


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