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Sumter Co. judge reprimanded after driving charge

ATLANTA (AP) - A south Georgia judge was reprimanded by the state's judicial watchdog agency after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission said Thursday it issued a private reprimand to Southwestern Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Rucker Smith.

Smith was pulled over in May 2011 for driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. An officer charged him with having an open container, driving under the influence and speeding.

He later pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of reckless driving in the city of Leslie.

The commission noted in a report that Smith complied with all of its requests and "accepted responsibility for his actions."

The agency says the reprimand will be reported to the Georgia Supreme Court but its content will remain private.

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