A Westchester judge will be publicly reprimanded for driving drunk in his Mercedes — and being so unruly that cops had to use a stun gun on him, a jurist watchdog group said Monday.
Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen copped to charges of excessive drinking and driving after he was caught behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level three times over the legal limit in April 2019, according to the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Jacobsen had been driving erratically, including crossing over into the oncoming traffic lane and ignoring street signs, on his way from Yonkers to Mount Kisco after having multiple drinks, the CJC said.
Jacobsen told the officers who pulled him over on the Saw Mill River Parkway they would “have to hurt [him]” and that they were “making a big mistake” when they asked him several times to get out of his car, the CJC said.
The cops finally had to use a stun gun on him to get him under control to arrest him, the organization said.
Jacobsen — who has been in his judgeship position since 2010 — has already agreed not to seek re-election and instead leave office by the end of the year when his term expires, the CJC said.
But the organization said the cringe-worthy details of his arrest also warranted a censure, or formal public reprimand, from it.
“Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that puts lives at risk,” CJC Administrator Robert Tembeckjian said in a statement.
Still, “To his credit, Judge Jacobsen did not throw the weight of his office around to avoid the consequences of his behavior, and he took this episode as a ‘wake-up call’ to get help,” Tembeckjian said.
Jacobsen’s lawyer did not return requests for comment.