Fla. Supreme Court suspends Broward County judge arrested on DUI charges

Gisele Pollack suspended without pay pending outcome of May 2 arrest in Plantation


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A Broward County judge who was tasked with overseeing misdemeanor drug court has been suspended from office by the Florida Supreme Court after her DUI arrest earlier this month.

The Supreme Court issued an order Friday suspending Gisele Pollack from the bench without pay "pending disposition of this proceeding."

Pollack was arrested May 2 in Plantation.

Police said the judge was driving west on Sunrise Boulevard when she veered into the far right lane and struck a car. The driver of the car was taken to a hospital with a neck injury.

According to the arrest report, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the car and the judge's mouth. The officer also wrote that she "was incredibly unsteady on her feet" and nearly fell over a couple of times during a roadside sobriety test.

Pollack, who has admitted to having a history of alcohol and drug addictions in the past, went on personal leave in March after a meltdown in court. She also had a relapse on the bench in December that led to a disruption in court and her return to rehab.

She faces five charges, including DUI with damage to property or persons and failure to use due care.