New Mexico state senator challenger also has DWI conviction
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A leading challenger of an embattled New Mexico state senator convicted of drunken driving has acknowledged he also has a DWI conviction from his younger years.
Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo has challenged state Sen. Richard Martinez for his seat in the Democratic primary, KOB-TV reported Thursday.
Martinez, 67, was found guilty last month of aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving, officials said.
Jaramillo said he was charged in 1996 when he was 18.
In a statement, Jaramillo said he took responsibility for his actions as a college freshmen.
Martinez was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving in connection with a June car crash. Police said Martinez’s car hit another vehicle that was stopped at a red light, injuring Martinez and two people in the stationary vehicle.
Martinez has stepped down from Senate leadership roles but refused to step down from his seat.