CASA GRANDE — The results of a blood test for a Pinal County Superior Court judge who was pulled over on New Year’s Eve revealed that the level of alcohol in his blood was well below the legal limit and drugs were not present in his system.

Aaron Nash, the communications director for the Administrative Office of the Courts in Arizona, released a copy of a supplement to the original police report with the blood test results for Pinal County Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville. The tests showed that McCarville’s blood contained 0.020 gram of alcohol per 100 milliliters, which is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.02%, well below the legal limit of 0.08%.

The tests also showed that McCarville did not have any drugs in his system.

According to the report, the case has been closed without prosecution.

McCarville was pulled over by a Casa Grande Police officer on New Year’s Eve after the officer allegedly saw McCarville’s vehicle drift toward the center median and make a left turn without using a turn signal.

McCarville reportedly told the officer that he had had maybe one or two drinks at a family member’s home before driving home and had taken a baby aspirin and received a COVID-19 vaccine shot earlier in the day.

At the station, the officer noted that McCarville had an extremely high pulse rate and wrote in his report that he suspected the judge might have an underlying medical condition.

McCarville followed up with his doctor at a later date and is being treated for high blood pressure, Nash said in January.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at