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The Latest: GOP rep gets one-day sentence for DWI

October 3, 2018

State. Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, with her attorney Paul Kennedy, speaks to reporters on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, after her trial in a DWI case at a courthouse in Albuquerque, N.M. A judge on Tuesday found Youngblood guilty of aggravated drunken driving, citing her performance and seemingly flippant demeanor during a field sobriety test last spring. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a New Mexico state legislator on a drunken driving conviction (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

A judge has ordered a New Mexico lawmaker to serve a day in jail after finding her guilty last week of aggravated drunken driving.

The ruling Wednesday gives Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, credit for time served at the time of her May arrest. The minimum sentence for the misdemeanor charge against her is 48 hours.

Youngblood’s sentence also includes requirements to complete community service and pay court fines. An alcohol ignition interlock placed on her vehicle in August will remain for a year.

She has until Oct. 19 to check into jail.

Her sentence comes after the state attorney general called last week for an ethics committee review of her conduct during her arrest. Video shows her telling an officer that she’s a lawmaker who advocates for police.

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9:50 a.m.

An attorney for a New Mexico state lawmaker recently convicted of drunken driving says calls for an ethics investigation into her conduct at a sobriety checkpoint are unwarranted and politically motivated.

Attorney Paul Kennedy is representing Republican state Rep. Monica Youngblood and says in a letter that he sees nothing on a police lapel camera video of her arrest for drunken driving that can be construed as a request for personal benefit.

Youngblood was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after being found guilty of aggravated drunken driving at trial.

The office of Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas alleges that Youngblood used her position as a lawmaker in an attempt to influence police during her arrest in Albuquerque in May. He is asking an ethics commission of the Legislature to investigate possible violations of the Governmental Conduct Act.

At the sobriety checkpoint, Youngblood said she wrote bills to protect police.

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1 a.m.

A state lawmaker convicted of drunken driving is set to face sentencing before a New Mexico judge Wednesday as she seeks re-election in November.

A judge last week found Rep. Monica Youngblood guilty of aggravated drunken driving after a short bench trial.

The three-term Albuquerque Republican was arrested in May on suspicion of aggravated DWI during a checkpoint stop where she told an officer she was a state lawmaker who advocated for police.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office has sent a letter to Youngblood, telling her she violated state law by attempting to use her status to influence police and seek special treatment. Her attorney rejects the accusation.

Balderas’ office says it’s seeking an ethics committee review of Youngblood’s conduct.

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This story clarifies the 11:05 a.m. items to show that the call for an ethics review was issued ahead of Youngblood’s sentencing.

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