ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man was arrested for his tenth DWI, according to State Police.
Lapel video shows the lies 38-year-old Max Padilla tells an officer to try and get out of the arrest, but his story falls apart.
“The reason why I stopped you is, you were stopped in the road there, back there and then you picked it up to 55 miles per hour and then you slowed down,” said an officer to Padilla.
The latest arrest happened two weeks ago near Espanola.
“So you haven’t been drinking at all right,” asked the officer. “No,” said Padilla.
When State Police tell him they smell alcohol, he insists he’s sober over and over again.
“I’m being honest with you brother,” said Padilla. “I’m a good man, bro.”
Eventually Padilla tells the officer he did use drugs.
“I’ll be honest with you, I took some heroin this morning, but earlier,” said Padilla.
Padilla then comes clean a little more.
“A shot of whiskey and that was it,” said Padilla.
But the story keeps changing.
“It was just vodka,” said Padilla.
Padilla then tells police he had two shots instead of one.
Out of Padilla’s ten DWI arrests, court records show he’s been convicted seven times. The latest arrest, could turn into number eight.
“I have to place you under arrest,” said the officer.
The 38-year-old is now behind bars, looking at a minimum two year sentence if he’s convicted.
Had Padilla been arrested after July 1, he could’ve been in much deeper trouble. The State Legislature just passed a law that increases the minimum sentence for an eighth DWI.