ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A man's claim that he was so drunk he mistakenly thought he was in his wife's car didn't add up for officers questioning Frank Chandler Thursday night.
But the more questions police asked, the more officers said his story didn't add up.
So on Saturday morning Chandler was in Metropolitan Court being arraigned on a charge of auto burglary.
According to a criminal complaint the owners of the car walked out of the Chama River Brewing Co. Thursday and found Chandler in the front passenger seat rummaging through the glove box.
Police were called, and that's when Chandler told them he was wasted and thought he was in his wife's car.
Then he told officers another SUV was his until the owner of that SUV got in and drove off.
In court he tried to convince a judge he's innocent even though arraignments are not the place to debate the merits of a case.
- Chandler: "Your honor, I read the complaint and there was a lot of lies.
- Judge: OK.
- Chandler: I didn't do anything.
- Judge: Here's what I suggest you do, and folks listen to me carefully. On felonies you really don't want to come into court and say anything that could incriminate yourself."
Police gave Chandler a Breathalyzer test and reported he did not test positive for alcohol.
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