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Sen. Martinez pleads not guilty
Los Alamos Monitor
Richard C. Martinez

State Sen. Richard R. Martinez (D-Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Los Alamos) skipped arraignment in Rio Arriba County Court Thursday preferring instead to enter a not guilty plea for aggravated driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

"I hereby give up my right to personally appear before the court for arraignment and I hereby enter a plea of not guilty to all criminal offenses," Martinez said in a written plea his attorney, David Foster, entered into the court record.

Martinez was arrested June 28 after he ran his sports utility vehicle into the back of a vehicle in Espanola. While no one was seriously injured in the crash, Martinez was taken into custody for being intoxicated.

According to Associated Press reports, Martinez refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene. He failed all the sobriety tests given to him.

When officers told him that night that he was going to be arrested, Martinez reportedly said "Are you serious? Jesus Christ."

Martinez remains free on his own recognizance. His conditions of release include no consumption of alcohol.

Martinez has been senator for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval County since 2001. He is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Conservation Committee.

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