Correction: This story has been corrected to show that Ryan Flynn took a plea of careless driving. The story also should have said an online report produced by New Mexico In Depth and the Santa Fe Reporter, which brought the incident to light, did not include police interviews on the incident. Instead, the story said it did not include police.
Ryan Flynn, the head of New Mexico’s oil and gas industry and lobby group and a former cabinet secretary under Gov. Susana Martinez, spent Wednesday taking questions about his May 2017 arrest on a drunken driving charge, which was pleaded down to a charge of careless driving.
Such a plea process is common in the state, especially with first-time DWI charges. About 45 percent of DWI cases in Bernalillo County, where Flynn was arrested, are dismissed.
Last year, Flynn was arrested by an Albuquerque police officer who said he was driving erratically and fared poorly on field sobriety tests. Flynn also declined to take a breath test, according to the police report. In New Mexico, declining a sobriety test automatically triggers an aggravated DWI charge and arrest.