Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

New Mexico State Senator guilty of drunk driving

SANTA FE (KSMX)- New Mexico state Sen. Richard Martinez has been found guilty of aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving in connection with a June car crash, a state district court judge ruled on Tuesday.

Judge Francis Mathew delivered the verdicts on misdemeanor charges against the former magistrate judge and prominent Democratic legislator in connection with a June 28 wreck in the community of Española.

Martinez’s car hit another vehicle that was stopped at a red traffic light, injuring Martinez and two people in the stationary vehicle.

Police say Martinez refused a blood-alcohol test after the crash.

Police body-camera video, which was a central exhibit at trial, showed Martinez fumbling over a field sobriety test and reacting with disbelief from a hospital bed when notified that he would be placed under arrest and could lose his driving privileges.

Martinez left the courtroom without comment and must return later for sentencing.