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State lawmaker apologizes after being found guilty of DWI

KOB & The Associated Press
September 25, 2018 05:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A New Mexico lawmaker has been found guilty of DWI.

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Monica Youngblood, a Republican from Albuquerque, was arrested in May on suspicion of aggravated DWI during a checkpoint stop.

"There's not a day that I don't wake up and regret the situation that occurred that evening," Youngblood said after the bench trial.

Police video of the stop was played in court Tuesday. It shows Youngblood complying with a field sobriety test but refusing a blood-alcohol test.

"She refused to take the test, not once but three times. Case law tells the court and common sense does too that I can consider that for fear of the results and consciousness of guilt," the judge told Youngblood before finding her guilty. 

Youngblood had a message for the people she represents.

"I want to apologize to my constituents for that evening and will accept the consequences as they come throughout this process," Youngblood, who is running for reelection said.

She will be sentenced October 3.

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