State police said they arrested a downstate state Supreme Court justice and prominent Brooklyn Democrat on drunken-driving charges after he was observed aggressively driving on the Northway late Wednesday afternoon.
Carl J. Landicino, 47, of Yorktown Heights, was charged with driving while intoxicated-refusal and several vehicle and traffic law violations. He was arraigned in Menands Village Court and released.
Landicino, who serves as a Supreme Court justice for the Second Judicial District, was stopped by state police while driving south on Interstate 87 about 4 p.m. Investigators said the judge showed signs of impairment and was then asked to submit to standardized field sobriety testing, which he subsequently failed.
Landicino then refused to submit to a chemical test to determine the alcohol content of his blood, according to a news release issued by the state police late Thursday afternoon. State police spokesman Mark Cepiel didn't return calls for comment.
Landicino is scheduled to appear in Colonie Town Court on Oct. 29. A law clerk contacted at his office Thursday said the judge hadn't been in all day; other attempts to reach Landicino were unsuccessful.
Landicino was elected to the bench in 2011 and is serving the first year of a 14-year term. Prior to taking the bench, he served as counsel to Kings County Democrats and was noted for his work in election law.
Well-connected among state Democrats, Landicino is a longtime ally of embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who stands accused of sexually harassing four female staffers and is the focus of a $103,000 secret settlement aimed at quieting his accusers.
Records show Landicino also served as special counsel to the state Senate Democrats with a bi-weekly salary of $2,885, earning a total of $23,000 in 2010.
Landicino was among six candidates running for six judicial seats in Kings County last year. His seat pays an annual salary of $136,700.