Santa Cruz Woman Sentenced In Local DUI Case

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com 

Christina Martinez, 38, of Santa Cruz was sentenced Feb. 5 in Los Alamos Municipal Court to 90 days in jail with 85 suspended, a year of supervised probation and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence.

She also was ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment, perform 48 hours of community service and attend DWI school.

Martinez was arrested the morning of Nov. 8 by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Leandro Gallegos and charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving on streets landed for traffic and open container. Under a plea agreement, the aggravated DUI was reduced to driving under the influence and the traffic citations were dismissed.

The incident report filed by Gallegos indicates that he was dispatched to Los Alamos Medical Center in response to reports that an intoxicated female was getting into her vehicle, that she was unable to maintain her balance and had trouble finding her vehicle in the parking lot. While driving to LAMC, Gallegos said LAPD Dispatch advised him that the driver had turned right onto Trinity Drive.

The report states that Cpl. James Keane observed the vehicle swerve twice so he engaged UIhis emergency equipment and the vehicle stopped at Trinity and 15th Street. When Gallegos arrived, his report says he was informed by Keane and Cpl. Gabriel Nieto that Martinez was showing signs of impairment. Martinez allegedly admitted to Gallegos that she had two beers after an interview at 9:30 a.m. at LAMC.

When Gallegos asked Martinez if she would be willing to do some sobriety tests for him, she declined. She was first transported to LAMC and then to the Los Alamos Detention Center where the report indicates she blew a .27 BrAC.

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