New Mexico state representative arrested for DWI
May 21, 2018 05:31 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico legislator who was arrested early Sunday morning for aggravated DWI was released just a few hours later, after allegedly failing field sobriety tests.
Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, was taken into custody at a checkpoint shortly after 1 a.m. on Paseo Del Norte, according to APD arrest records. She told police she was heading home from a friend's house, and officers say her eyes were bloodshot and she smelled like alcohol; despite her saying she hadn't had anything to drink.
Youngblood also refused to take a breathalyzer test.
She was released on her own recognizance around 5:15 a.m., with an arraignment scheduled for the morning of June 13. On Sunday afternoon she released the following statement:
"As a legislator, I have always taken drinking and driving seriously. While I regret the situation altogether, I most definitely regret not taking the breathalyzer test. I look forward to bringing this matter to a swift and just conclusion."
KOB reached out again on Monday with additional questions for the lawmaker, but there’s been no response.
Youngblood serves District 68, encompassing a portion of Bernalillo County, and has been a member of the House since 2013. In that span, she's developed a reputation for sponsoring various pieces of legislation to fight crime, as well as drinking and driving.
Youngblood is running for re-election. It's unclear if these allegations will impact her campaign.
While these are only allegations, KOB talked to the legislative council services Monday and we're told in the past, DWI offenses have not stopped anyone, legally speaking, from continuing work in their elected capacity.
Updated: May 21, 2018 05:31 PM
Created: May 20, 2018 03:01 PM
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