POLICE ARREST BRADLEY AT AREA MOTEL.
After walking away two weeks ago from an alcohol treatment center in Arizona, Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley was arrested Tuesday at the Victoria Motel on suspicion of violating probation.
Bradley, 57, was arrested about 2 p.m. at the request of Santa Barbara County probation officials, who were supervising him after his conviction this year on two drunk-driving charges. He remained in custody in lieu of $15,000 bail.
``Obviously, he violated one of the terms and conditions (of probation), and that's about all I can say,'' said Craig Hamlin of the Santa Barbara County Probation Department.
According to the state Attorney General's Office, which has handled Bradley's case, he withdrew prematurely from the Arizona rehabilitation program on July 21. While state officials said he went to a sober-living house on Cheshire Street in Ventura, where he previously had resided, a clerk at the Victoria Motel said Tuesday that Bradley checked in about nine days earlier.
Because the sober-living house is not as structured as the rehab center in Arizona, state officials said they were afraid that Bradley would start drinking again, a violation of his probation. They filed documents to require the judge to undergo daily alcohol testing until Sept. 2, when he is to begin serving a six-month sentence for drinking while on probation.
In a past interview, Bradley said he recognized his alcohol problem 10 years ago but was able to keep it under control until last year, when his marriage fell apart.
He was arrested Dec. 6, and again on Jan. 3, on suspicion of drunk driving. He apologized for his conduct and said he would not allow it to interfere with his judicial responsibilities, but was suspended from the bench in late January when he showed up for work drunk.
In February, Bradley pleaded guilty to both DUI charges and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years' probation. As part of his probation, he was prohibited from drinking.
But on April 25, he drank alcohol and then snuck into the Ojai house of his estranged wife. Within hours his release on bail, he telephoned his wife - again in violation of probation - and he was again arrested.
Then on May 15, one day after pleading guilty to the April incident, Bradley was arrested on suspicion of violating probation by drinking and riding a bicycle under the influence of alcohol.
Although all of Bradley's offenses occurred in Ventura County, the cases were prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office and heard by a judge in Santa Barbara County to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Bradley is on paid leave from his $107,389-a-year job, pending an Oct. 5 hearing to determine whether he should retain his judgeship. Although his term expires at the end of the year, he could be eligible to serve as a private judge.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 5, 1998|
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