A prominent Albuquerque attorney whose drunken driving case was dismissed in July was arrested on similar charges Saturday after a crash in the North Valley, police said.
According to a criminal complaint, David Serna “appeared to be intoxicated” and was “having a lot of trouble standing, walking and balancing.” Serna, who reportedly smelled of alcohol and was slurring some of his words, told officers that he’d had a beer about half an hour before the wreck. A breath test later showed his blood-alcohol level was at least twice the legal limit, police said.
Attempts Sunday evening to reach him and the attorney who represented him in his prior DWI case were unsuccessful.
The 66-year-old lawyer is perhaps best known for representing Levi Chavez, an Albuquerque police officer charged – and ultimately acquitted – in the death of his wife.
Serna told officers that he was on his way home when he turned from westbound Griegos onto southbound Second and hit an eastbound car that was also turning south onto Second.
“He said he saw the car coming eastbound and he thought he could make the turn,” an officer wrote in the complaint.