Espanola police officer on leave over DWI charge

SANTA FE — An off-duty Espanola police office has been put on administrative leave after an off-duty drunken driving arrest.

Police Chief Richard Gallegos said Wednesday that 29-year-old Jose Martinez of Tierra Amarilla was driving his personal motorcycle when state police arrested him early Tuesday. Gallegos says he placed the officer on leave as an internal investigation is conducted and the officer’s case makes its way through the court system.

State police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says Martinez was driving 62 mph in a 45 mph zone and refused to submit to a breath-alcohol test. He reportedly told an officer he had consumed three beers and a shot of liquor.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1nqqzND ) Martinez was released on a $5,000 bond after pleading not guilty to aggravated DWI and speeding.

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