A State Representative who is known for being tough on crime, found herself in cuffs early Sunday morning. Monica Youngblood was taken to jail for DWI, after going through an Albuquerque Police checkpoint.
Time and time again, Republican Monica Youngblood, has taken a hard stance against crime in New Mexico. That includes supporting measures to curb DWI.
However, Youngblood found herself on the wrong side of the law, after going through an APD DWI checkpoint near Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch.
Police say the State Representative rolled through around 1:00 a.m.
According to the criminal complaint, an APD officer approached Youngblood’s car and says he noticed her eyes were bloodshot, she smelled like alcohol, and her speech was slurred.
She told the officer she was on her way home from a friend’s house and insisted to the officer multiple times, she did not have anything to drink.
Police say Youngblood did poorly on the field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test. She was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
The checkpoint was held in the district Youngblood represents.
In 2016, she sponsored the law that helped bring Uber and Lyft to New Mexico. At the time, she said the ride-sharing companies could help stop drunk driving.
“I think that New Mexico a lot of times say we are open to business we should embrace these innovative, start-up companies and give this opportunity to show the rest of the country we are willing to embrace them,” Youngblood told News 13 in January 2015.
Youngblood issued this statement to News 13:
“As a legislator, I have always taken drinking and driving seriously. While I regret the situation altogether, I most definitely regret not taking the breathalyzer test. I look forward to bringing this matter to a swift and just conclusion.” – Monica Youngblood, State Representative HD68
Youngblood spent only about 30 minutes in jail before she was released on her own recognizance. She will face a judge in this case for the first time next month.
Youngblood was able to get out of jail before seeing a judge on Sunday because of a New Mexico Statute that allows a court designee to decide if someone is a danger to the community or a flight risk.
A background investigation determined Youngblood was neither, so she was released.