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“Are you serious?” State Senator responds to being arrested for DUI following crash

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Robert Nott
The Santa Fe New Mexican

A state senator charged with driving while intoxicated following a vehicle crash in Española late Friday night twice changed his story about how much alcohol he consumed and refused to take a Breathalyzer test, according to a police report released Sunday evening.

Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, initially told an Española police officer he drank “one or two beers,” then altered his statement to say he consumed up to three beers before ultimately saying he “actually drank three glasses of wine,” the report says.

Police said Saturday that they thought Martinez, 66, was the driver of a vehicle that rear-ended another vehicle carrying two people around 10:20 p.m. Friday as he was driving his 2010 SUV near Paseo de Oñate and Fairview Lane.

According to the report, when a police officer approached Martinez’s vehicle, he could smell alcohol and noticed the longtime legislator had “blood shot watery eyes and a slurred speech.” Martinez told the officer he was traveling from town and that he had one or two beers before driving. Later, in an ambulance, he increased that count to “two couple beers, like two or three” before recanting that statement and saying he drank three glasses of wine, the report says.

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