New Mexico, the Democrat, is a DUI conviction could cost him-panel chair, state party leaders warn

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A New Mexico state senator was alleged to have been convicted of misdemeanor aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving charges Tuesday, almost six months after its rear end a driver stopped at a red light in the state.

Sr., Richard Martinez, a Democrat, not a field sobriety test and injured himself and two people in the other car in the June crash. He also refused to take a breathalyzer test, The Albuquerque Journal reported.


New Mexico state, Sr., Richard Martinez, a Democrat, refused to take a breathalyzer test after injuring himself and two people in another car in a June DUI crash, authorities say.
(Española Police )

Martinez served in the state Senate since 2001 and previously said he would not resign after his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After his conviction, top Democrats in the state said they would recommend to ask to leave him as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Senate majority Leader Peter Wirth and Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen said she would leave, Martinez, and the voters decide its fate in the Senate. You said you their recommendation in the next month would deliver.

“The defendant made the choice to drink. Secondly, he has affected to drive the choice. Third, the consequences,” Mark Probasco, a special Prosecutor with the state attorney general’s office, said, according to The Journal. “No one is above the law, not even a senator — not even a defendant.”

“The defendant made the choice to drink. Secondly, he has affected to drive the choice. Third, the consequences. No one complained about the law, not even a senator, even.”

Mark Probasco, special Prosecutor with the New Mexico state attorney general’s office

Martinez told originally the officials that he was only “a beer or two,” but later confessed, he had several glasses of wine. His lawyer claims that the crash was an accident, and said he was the sobriety test, because he was dazed from the collision with the windshield.

The officer who arrested Martinez, the senator was to push said his speech and had alcohol on his breath.

He faces up to 180 days in prison, as he goes up for re-election next year.


A former Republican state senator in New Mexico last year, was defeated after she was convicted for DUI in the year 2018, The journal reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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