ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A Farmington woman woman accused of killing two of her friends in a drunk driving crash in March finally appeared before a judge on Monday morning.
Stephanie Mendez pleaded not guilty to two counts of homicide by DWI, great bodily injury and aggravated DWI. District
Judge Stan Whitaker lowered her bond from $250,000 to $150,000. If Mendez comes up with the bond money, she'll be allowed to return to Farmington if she is supervised.
Police say Mendez was driving drunk in Albuquerque on March 22 when she sped off the on ramp at I-25 and Montano. Her car was hit by an oncoming van and four of the five people in her car were ejected. Two of her friends died from their injuries. No one in the van was hurt.
Mendez was not arrested that night because she had to be taken to the hospital for her injuries and police had to wait for the results of her blood alcohol test. That later came back as .23, nearly 3 times the presumed level of intoxication.
Mendez was indicted in July, but then vanished. She turned herself in last week.
Mendez had previously been arrested twice for DWI. She was convicted in one. The other was dismissed.
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