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PANEL DISCIPLINES JUDGE WHO REFUSED BREATH TEST

A Pembroke town justice who refused to take a breathalyzer test after his car was stopped by police has been disciplined by a state panel.

The state Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended that Town Justice David Pajak be admonished for a driving-while-intoxicated case in which he pleaded guilty, according to the panel's decision released Thursday. Pajak had refused to take an alcohol breath test when stopped by police but never tried to use his office to influence the case, the panel found.

Pajack pleaded to misdemeanor DWI and traffic charges, paid a $500 fine and $125 surcharge as a result of the property damage accident in Batavia.

He can appeal the decision to the State Court of Appeals.