ROYAL OAK — Police were called to the Royal Oak 44th District Court to remove a woman for being drunk during her jury trial for assault and battery.
The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday inside Judge Daniel Sawicki’s courtroom, police said, where Patricia Kerr, 44, of Royal Oak was on trial.
“She was intoxicated and the judge found her in contempt of court,” said Royal Oak Police Lt. Tom Goad.
Kerr’s attorney, Charles Evans, said he didn’t notice anything amiss with his client.
“I’ve never had this happen with a client in 44 years,” Evans said.
A court officer reported that he smelled alcohol on Kerr’s breath and tested her in the courtroom with a preliminary breath test device that showed she was intoxicated, though police did not disclose her blood-alcohol level.
Evans said the incident happened right after the jury left the courtroom to deliberate.
“They tested her right there and the judge sentenced her to two days in (Oakland County) jail for contempt of court,” he said.
The jury later that day returned a guilty verdict against Kerr for misdemeanor assault and battery.
She is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. May 24 before Judge Sawicki.
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