Dems call for AG to investigate Youngblood's arrest
May 23, 2018 06:11 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Things could get even worse for State Rep. Monica Youngblood following her arrest on an aggravated DWI charge Sunday.
The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says it's reviewing the case and whether Youngblood abused her authority by trying to influence police. This comes after the state Democratic Party called for an investigation.
The office says Attorney General Hector Balderas is deeply concerned when any public official invokes their position during a criminal investigation. Police video of Youngblood's arrest released Tuesday appears to show just that.
"I literally fight for you guys every ... ," Youngblood told the arresting officer.
"But that doesn't make it ok to drink and drive," the officer replied.
On Tuesday, the Democratic Party of New Mexico said those comments show Youngblood tried using her position as an elected official to try and influence a police investigation.
"Representative Youngblood should be representing her constituents and not putting them in harm’s way and also then attempting to influence police officers with what her legislative accomplishments have been," said Marg Elliston, the party's chairwoman.
Elliston asked Balderas to investigate Youngblood for an abuse-of-power ethics violation.
KOB reached out to Youngblood again Wednesday for a response to the Democrat's call for an investigation. She didn't respond.
On Sunday, Youngblood sent us this statement saying: "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."
The Republican Party of New Mexico sent a statement about Youngblood's arrest saying: "The Republican Party of New Mexico believes in our DWI laws and that those laws are necessary to keep us all safe. Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is never acceptable for anyone."
KOB reached out to the governor's office for a response again Wednesday but did not hear back.
Updated: May 23, 2018 06:11 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 06:00 PM
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