New Mexico lawmaker pleads not guilty to drunken driving

July 3, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker who was arrested on a drunken driving charge after a crash has pleaded not guilty.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday that the lawyer for Democratic state Sen. Richard Martinez entered the not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of aggravated DWI and reckless driving.

Martinez did not appear for his arraignment in Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court.

Martinez was arrested Friday after police say he crashed his Mercedes SUV into the back of a vehicle stopped at a red light in Espanola, north of Santa Fe.


Police say he smelled of alcohol and later said he had three glasses of wine. He refused a Breathalyzer test.

Martinez declined to comment. His attorney, David Foster, did not return the newspaper’s call for comment.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com