Top UNM lobbyist arrested for third DWI

Created: 07/25/2014 6:15 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Marc Saavedra, the top lobbyist for the University of New Mexico, is on administrative leave after he was arrested on DWI charges. He has two previous DWI convictions.

According to the criminal complaint, a police officer pulled Saavedra over at the intersection of 14th and Central Wednesday night after he allegedly ran a red light.

The officer reported Saavedra was acting strange, smelled like alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, and was fumbling and unable to find the correct paperwork.

According to court documents, Saavedra told the officer he had, “consumed ‘about’ one alcoholic beverage (wine) a long time ago.” The officers said Saavedra repeatedly told him he was almost home.

Police said Saavedra failed a field sobriety test and had a breath alcohol level above .08, the legal level of intoxication.

Saavedra is Director of Government and Community Relations at UNM and makes about $155,000 per year.

Following an arrest for his second DWI in 2006, UNM said Saavedra pleaded guilty and signed a “Last Chance Agreement.” Upon his successful completion of that agreement, a subsequent agreement was issued and signed that stated a reoccurrence could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

UNM said it will take swift and appropriate action after its investigation into his most recent arrest.

Saavedra’s first DWI conviction was in 1997.

KOB Eyewitness News was unable to reach Saavedra for comment.

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