Broward County Judge Lynn Rosenthal wins re-election

Judge had DUI charge reduced to reckless driving, blamed incident on Ambien

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - A Broward County judge who was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of drunken driving will remain on the bench.

Lynn Rosenthal defeated opponent Jahra McLawrence in Tuesday's election for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

Rosenthal, who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after her DUI arrest in May, told Local 10 News she was "sleep driving" when her sport utility vehicle plowed into a deputy's cruiser in the courthouse parking lot.

She blamed the crash on Ambien, a sleep-inducing pill for which she is prescribed, that she took the night before.

"I was sleep driving and unaware of what I was doing until long after I got to the courthouse," Rosenthal told Local 10's Bob Norman.

Rosenthal, who was appointed to the bench in 2012, had her DUI charge reduced to reckless driving. She was sentenced to three months of probation and 25 hours of community service.

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