Northern NM deputy facing drunken driving demoted

Posted at: 08/02/2013 1:07 PM
By: The Associated Press


ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff's deputy facing drunken driving charges has been demoted and suspended without pay.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a memo by Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella on Thursday showed that Isaac Martinez was suspended for 25 days and was ordered not to act as a sheriff's deputy.

Martinez also will be demoted from the rank of lieutenant to sergeant, effective Aug. 4.

In addition, Rodella ordered Martinez to attend a 30-day in-house treatment facility and show documentation that he completed the program.

Martinez was arrested last month and had a blood-alcohol-content of .27 after being stopped in the Chimayo area on Country Road 94. The legal limit in New Mexico is .08.

It was unclear if Martinez had an attorney.


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