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Judge’s ex-wife charged with driving drunk

Published: Sat, March 23, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


The former wife of a Mahoning County judge faces criminal charges that could land her in jail after police said she was driving drunk and smashed her vehicle into several parked cars.

Monica A. Durkin, 47, of Youngstown, is charged with two counts of reckless operation and driving under the influence after the accident and her arrest Thursday.

Durkin is the former wife of Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. County records show the couple were married in 1988 and divorced in 2011.

Monica Durkin was to be arraigned on the charges Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court, but she instead entered a written plea of not guilty and did not appear. The plea was entered in court through her attorney, J. Gerald Ingram.

Durkin is set to appear for a pretrial hearing May 10 in municipal court before Judge Robert Milich. She is free on a personal recognizance bond.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called out shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday for a traffic crash with injuries and entrapment near the intersection of Wick Avenue and McGuffey Road.

Emergency crews arrived to find Durkin inside a 2005 Land Rover that had split a telephone pole before striking two cars parked in a used-car lot and landing on its driver’s side door.

Firefighters had to cut open part of the SUV to free her.

Durkin signed a form refusing medical treatment but was detained by police after officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle, according to police reports.

Police said Durkin staggered from the ambulance to a waiting police car, grabbing hold of one officer several times for support.

She agreed to provide a written statement of the events leading up to the accident, but when she had finished the statement, officers found it illegible with incomplete sentences.

Durkin reportedly later told officers she had two glasses of wine earlier in the evening and had taken some cold and flu medicine. She was given field-sobriety tests and failed them, police said. A breath test revealed she had an alcohol content of 0.214, which is more than double the legal limit of .08.


1UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

PARTY GIRL !!! I wanna meet her...

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2dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

i can't wait to see how this is swept under the rug.

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3koevolution(39 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

From crooked cops... Judges and idiots try to justify the the killing of the mob or the thug is honorable ..... Is fitting for this corrupt city.

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4mango2236(1 comment)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This article offends me as no one knows this woman and yet people are automatically judging her. Who has not made mistakes in this world? I pray she finds the help she needs. To the vindicator...to bring a judge into this article who has nothing to do with it is incomprehensible! Is this just to yet again smear a judge's name?? I have only heard great things about how he treats people in his court and how his concern is to help people! Why don't you do a story in that? Because it's the truth? It's no wonder people have stopped reading your paper! Not every politician or cop corrupt. Finally...how come this article was written by a "staff reporter"? No one wanted to sign their name to this garbage??

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5Silence_Dogood(1356 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago


There is a reason that this headline was not run in the Vindy and the above headline about the Judges ex wife being arrested was. Maybe the "staff reporter" will be able to explain. But then again I really never expect a truthful answer from them anyways.

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6Devil78(3 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Judge Durkin is a kind and caring person. He never should have been dragged into this. She made the bad decisions not him. I know both of them and it is typical of this community to smear good names. Get a life and don't comment unless you know the facts.

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7ntkdurk(4 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I happen to be the daughter of Judge John Durkin and Monica Durkin. I'm not surprised by this article in the least bit due to the fact that I know how this nosy town loves to know everything. But if any of you know my mother personally, you know that she is an amazing person with a huge heart. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. There is no getting past that. It just so happens that because of my father's position that this has to turn into a media frenzy. It is cruel and unfair to the family members. And it is disrespectful to throw my father's name into this after all he has done for the people and for the Mahoning County Courts. I grew up watching my dad in court and hearing so many people tell me how thankful they were for my dad in the courtroom. Needless to say i am unsubscribing to the Vindicator due to the heartlessness and carelessness of those who are affected by this.

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8vinglass(237 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree that your father is a great and fair judge, a credit to our court system. BUT...face the facts, your mother drives fast, and drives drunk. How long before some innocent person is killed by her?? I'm sorry that all the publicity arising from her escapades has hurt you, but for God's sake, get the woman some treatment or keep her off the road!!

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9ntkdurk(4 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This was a one time incident. She has no past track record of this. Accidents happened and it was a miracle no one was injured. God was truly watching over.. She without a doubt made a big mistake, but she has and will continue to truly learn from it. Our issues are our own issues, and i'm sure you have your own, and everyone else as well. But this was blown out of proportion, and dragging other family members into this was expected but irrelevant to the situation.

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10johnyoung(241 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I think it would be fitting if someone from the Vindicator staff would explain what was the reasoning for mentioning in the article that this woman is the ex-wife of Judge Durkin. I can understand that an accident caused by an apparent DUI warrants news coverage, but what is the inference suggested by tying in the Judge to this story? How is this information important to the reader?

Yet another example of irresponsible journalism by the news organization that specializes in it. The Vindicator has already lost most of its credibility in the eyes of the reasonable public, and is quickly losing all relevance except to those with preconceived agendas which are advanced by irresponsibility such as that displayed here.

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11michael1757(279 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Those were either two very big glasses of wine,or she really is the proverbial,& literal definition of lightweight.She should however betreated like anyone else. Jail time,3 days),$500.00 fine,& drivers school,which of course she'll have to pay for. As to ntkdurk,do you really expect your mom & dads name to not come into play here. When you get into trouble do you think it's gonna be any different...even 50 years from now?

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12Devil78(3 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

You people need a life. There are many many DUI cases every day in our community but you don't see them in here. Why? Because people only want to make issues for others. Monica will recover and do right by this whole thing and Judge will move on because it does not affect him in the courtroom. Nat, I feel your pain from all of this and this sort of thing should never have brought in other members of your family. One question I have is...why didn't the reporter put their name on the article so they too can be ridiculed.

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13Devil78(3 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Nat, one more comment to add to this.....you do not have to justify to this sick community any of your families doings. You know in your heart that your mother AND father are very good people and that is all that matters.

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14dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@Nat, i am sorry and i am not saying they are not great parents. what i said is i can not wait to see how it goes away. this is a pattern in this city if you are someone or know someone. i hope this is only one mistake but i doubt it.

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