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New Mexico state senator arrested for DWI

Associated Press, Ryan Laughlin
July 01, 2019 11:58 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Police say New Mexico state Sen. Richard Martinez has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and is facing charges following a car crash.
    
Española police say the 66-year-old was arrested Friday night after he rear-ended another car at the intersection of Fairview Lane and Paseo de Onate.
    
According to the police report, Martinez told police he had "two couple beers, like two or three," but then changed his story and said he "actually drank three glasses of wine." 

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Martinez – and the two people in the car he hit – were taken to the hospital. 

When Martinez was informed he was being arrested, he replied with "are you serious, Jesus Christ." 

He then refused to do a breathalyzer. 

Martinez is a former Rio Arriba County magistrate who has held the Democratic Senate District 5 seat for nearly two decades representing parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.

No word yet on the condition of the other two people that were sent to the hospital. 

It was unclear Sunday if Martinez has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

Martinez has been released from jail, but he has not responded to KOB 4's requests for comment. 

State Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth released the following statement Monday:

“This is a difficult situation. Our immediate concern is for the well-being of everyone involved in the accident. Senator Martinez is a valued member of our caucus and is entitled to the process afforded him under the law. DWI continues to be a very serious issue for our state. This is a developing matter and we have no further comment at this time.”

This is a developing story. Stay with KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com for updates. 

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Associated Press, Ryan Laughlin

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