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Keller’s media rep is charged with DWI

Brandon Padilla

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A public information officer for Mayor Tim Keller was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being pulled over in Downtown Albuquerque on Thursday night.

Keller’s spokeswoman Jessie Damazyn said 24-year-old Brandon Padilla has since “submitted his resignation.”

“Today our office was notified that a media assistant assigned to Mayor Keller’s office, Brandon Padilla, was pulled over last night for driving without lights, and subsequently booked on a charge of DWI,” Damazyn said in a statement Friday.

Padilla, who was booked into the county jail and has since been released, also faces a charge of driving without headlights.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, an Albuquerque police officer pulled over Padilla for driving without headlights near Fourth and Tijeras sometime before midnight.

“(Padilla) stated he realized the headlights were not on and stated he had just left work after picking up some documents,” an officer wrote.

Police say the officer noticed Padilla had watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. Padilla told police he had nothing to drink but had been out with friends who were drinking.

According to the complaint, Padilla said he had “bad balance” due to a previous ankle injury during sobriety tests, which he performed poorly on.

“(Padilla) would ramble on about working long hours and being extremely tired,” an officer wrote.

Police say Padilla failed a breath test and asked for an “independent chemical test.” He was given his phone and tried to arrange for the test but was unsuccessful in setting one up.

About an hour before Padilla’s arrest, he sent out a tweet lamenting a tough week: “Just reflecting, and it’s been a hell of week. Grateful for what I do. But man what a week.”