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Drink drive charge judge arrested

A judge on bail over a drink driving charge has been arrested on suspicion of another related offence.

Judge Bruce Macmillan was taken into custody on Thursday night accused of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle in Toxteth, Liverpool.

The 63-year-old, of Sefton Park, has been bailed pending further inquiries.

He was charged with drink-driving on 27 August after being stopped on the M6 in Lancashire and is due before magistrates on 30 September.

If convicted Judge Macmillan, who sits at Liverpool Crown Court, could lose his £128,000-a-year job.

The offence of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle relates either to sitting in a stationary vehicle while over the limit, or attempting to get into a car with the intention of driving while intoxicated.

The judge, who was appointed to the Northern Circuit in 1993, will not be allowed to hear any cases until his own case has been dealt with.

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