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Youngblood set for probation violation hearing

State Rep. Monica Youngblood is shown in APD lapel footage recorded near a DWI checkpoint on Paseo del Norte last year. (Courtesy APD)

SANTA FE, N.M. — A former state representative who was convicted of drunken driving last year will appear in court this morning for a probation violation hearing.

A spokeswoman for Metropolitan Court said Monica Youngblood, a former Republican lawmaker, had two suspicious tests that were required as a condition of her probation.

Youngblood was arrested in May 2018 on suspicion of drunken driving when she refused to take a Breathalyzer at a sobriety checkpoint in northwest Albuquerque. She was convicted during a bench trial and sentenced to a day in jail and one year of probation.

As a condition of her probation, she is prohibited from using alcohol and drugs.

Youngblood has taken two “EtG tests,” Camille Baca, a spokeswoman for Metro Court, said in an email. An ethyl glucuronide test can check to see if a person has used alcohol in two or three days. Baca said that though the tests were negative, the tests were not valid because the sample was too diluted.

Paul Kennedy, Youngblood’s attorney, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Youngblood, who represented northwest Albuquerque in the Legislature, lost her re-election bid last November. Democrat Karen Bash, a retired minister, now represents House District 68.

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