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Española cop charged with DWI

SANTA FE, N.M. — An Española police officer was arrested early Tuesday morning for aggravated DWI and speeding while riding his personal motorcycle, according to New Mexico State Police.

Jose Martinez, 29, of Tierra Amarilla, was arrested about 12:55 a.m. when he was stopped for speeding on U.S. 84/285 at mile marker 187. NMSP Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Martinez was traveling 62 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Gutierrez said Martinez admitted to having three beers and one shot of alcohol prior to his arrest. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test and then refused a breath test, Gutierrez said.

“It’s a very serious offense and a very serious charge but when you’re a law enforcement officer you have to keep in mind you live in a glass house so you have to hold that standard and walk that line,” Gutierrez told KOAT-TV.


Española Public Safety Director Richard Gallegos did not immediately respond to a phone message from the Journal Tuesday afternoon. Minutes from a 2012 Public Safety Committee meeting indicate that Martinez was at the time in charge of Española’s neighborhood watch program.

Online jail records show that Martinez was booked into the Santa Fe County jail shortly after 3 a.m. on Tuesday and was being held on $5,000 bond.