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Prominent New Mexico lawmaker charged with drunk driving

ByElla E. Kidwell

Feb 14, 2022

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Prominent Democratic State Rep. Georgene Louis of Albuquerque has been arrested and charged with drunk driving, the Santa Fe Police Department announced Monday.

Louis, a lawyer and rising figure among Indigenous lawmakers, was arrested shortly after midnight for aggravated drunk driving and driving without proof of registration and insurance, police said.

Santa Fe police spokesman Ben Valdez said Louis was driving down a main street in the state capital, Santa Fe, when a police officer stopped her for speeding Sunday night.

A field sobriety and breath test “confirmed the suspicion of impaired driving,” Valdez wrote in an email.

Louis did not immediately respond to text and voicemails on Monday. It is unclear if she has legal representation.

The arrest took place during the frantic final days of an annual 30-day legislative session.

A legislative committee chaired by Louis canceled a Monday morning hearing just hours after Louis was taken to a local jail.

Louis was the lead sponsor in 2021 of landmark legislation that ended immunity from prosecution for human rights abuses by police and other local government officials under provisions of the constitution of State.

Louis, a member of the Acoma Pueblo tribe, is campaigning unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 2021 in a special election won by Democratic U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury of Albuquerque.

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Associated Press writer Morgan Lee contributed to this story.

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