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Santa Fe County deputy arrested for DWI

SANTA FE — A 10-year veteran of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for driving drunk in Northern New Mexico Saturday.

Leonard Martinez, 36, is charged with aggravated DWI and failing to maintain traffic lanes after he was pulled over by a State Police officer in Ojo Caliente and refused to take breath tests. SFCSO spokesman Juan Rios said Martinez, who started with the department in October 2007, has been put on desk duty pending an internal investigation.

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Leonard Martinez

According to a criminal complaint filed in Taos Magistrate Court, an officer patrolling in Ojo Caliente around 6 p.m. Saturday got behind a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer with two all-terrain vehicles that crossed the center line several times. The officer pulled the truck over and later wrote that he could smell alcohol as soon as the windows were rolled down. There was a male in the driver’s seat with a female passenger. “As I spoke with the male, I could see his eyes were bloodshot and watery from across the cab of the vehicle and also noticed he was slightly slurring his words,” Officer James Tremann wrote.

Tremann wrote that the driver, later identified as Martinez, was having a hard time following field sobriety test instructions and was swaying while he was standing. Martinez said he had a beer “quite a bit earlier.”

When asked what Martinez does for work, he first replied, “I work behind a desk.” He later said he was a Santa Fe County deputy.

Martinez refused to take a breath test and was arrested. State Police notified the SFCSO of the incident, according to the complaint. He was released on his own recognizance by Taos Magistrate Judge Jeff Shannon and is not allowed to drink alcohol or enter liquor establishments.

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