A former tough-on-crime state lawmaker accused of violating her probation faced a judge on Wednesday.
Former State Representative Monica Youngblood is accused of diluting two of her mandatory urine tests she’s required to take after her misdemeanor DWI conviction in October.
“You’re essentially slamming water in order to dilute the sample such that you get an invalid result of this. That’s the allegation of it,” Metro Court Judge Kevin Fitzwater said at Youngblood’s probation violation hearing. “I’ve been around this block a couple decades or more, and I know what it takes to dilute a sample, and it’s not just a pint of water. It’s a heavy amount of it.”
While her tests came back negative for alcohol, they were deemed invalid because they were so diluted, according to the probation office.
Youngblood, who lost her re-election bid in November, claimed she drank a lot of water because she was on a diet for her upcoming wedding. She then blamed the probation officer for failing to warn her this could happen.
“Basically, it’s my running and that I’m on this intermittent fasting diet but he even told me — I asked him if diet could affect it, and he said, ‘Absolutely not,'” she explained. “Had I known that there was a problem with that first sample or that maybe there was something with my diet — I could’ve brought that up and I didn’t.”
It was in May 2018 that Youngblood was arrested at a DWI checkpoint in northwest Albuquerque after refusing to take the breathalyzer.
She was tried and convicted in October and sentenced to a day in jail and a year of probation.
“There’s not a morning I don’t wake up and regret the unfortunate events of that evening,” Youngblood said back in October.
With this alleged probation violation, she could have had her probation revoked and given the 90 day maximum sentence for a first offense DWI.
Instead, Judge Fitzwater said he’ll give her “the benefit of the doubt” because she has passed other urine tests before and after the diluted ones.
“Understand, these conditions are what is keeping you out of jail,” he said.
Youngblood will be subjected to more random drug testing, at least one urine test a week for the next 45 days.