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The Latest: New Mexico lawmaker found guilty in DWI case

September 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a New Mexico lawmaker charged with drunken driving (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

A New Mexico lawmaker has been found guilty of aggravated drunken driving.

The verdict was announced Tuesday following an hours-long bench trial in metro court for Monica Youngblood.

The three-term Albuquerque Republican was arrested in May on suspicion of aggravated DWI during a checkpoint stop.

Youngblood, who is running for re-election in November, has yet to be sentenced.

Police video of the stop shows she complied with a field sobriety test but refused a blood-alcohol test. After an officer told her he could smell alcohol, she responded by saying she hadn’t consumed any since the day before.

She also mentioned she was a lawmaker who advocates for police, saying “I fight for you guys every time I get the chance. Seriously.”

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4:50 a.m.

The trial for a New Mexico lawmaker charged with aggravated drunken driving is scheduled to begin Tuesday in metro court in Albuquerque.

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

Police video of the stop shows she complied with a field sobriety test but refused a blood-alcohol test. After an officer tells her he can smell alcohol, she responds by saying she hasn’t consumed any since the day before.

She also mentions she is a lawmaker who advocates for police, saying “I fight for you guys every time I get the chance. Seriously.”

Youngblood has pleaded not guilty. Her bench trial has been delayed twice in recent months.

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