NM drunken driver sues buddy, Santa Fe restaurants
Posted at: 03/08/2013 8:53 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A repeat drunken driver convicted in a fatal drunken driving crash is suing two Santa Fe restaurants and a friend that he says caused him to drive drunk.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that James Ruiz filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from a former drinking buddy and Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe.
According to the lawsuit filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz "emotional distress" when they served him booze in 2010.
Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation. He's serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011. Both restaurants declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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