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Jefferson County judge charged with DWI and assault

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(Credit: Jefferson County Police Department) (Credit: Jefferson County Police Department)

A Jefferson County judge is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and felony assault after a one vehicle crash on Tuesday night.

Missouri Highway Patrol reports the crash occurred along Highway BB when a Cadillac Escalade, driven by Judge Nathan Stewart, hit a utility pole and rolled on its side.  There was a passenger in the vehicle who was injured and transported to an area hospital.

Stewart had recently lost a bid at re-election to keep his seat on the Circuit Court Division 3 bench after serving for 17 years.

His campaign website boasts that he's handled more than 43,000 cases in civil, criminal and family courts.

In the county seat of Hillsboro, many who know Stewart were shocked by the news.

"I've never heard a negative word about him," said Dennis Culey, owner of the Courthouse Grill.

According to Stewart's clerk, everything that was assigned to his docket has been divided among other judges. He is also not expected to be in the office for the remainder of his term. 

Efforts to reach Judge Stewart for a comment were not successful.

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