New Mexico: call to “Drunk Busters” ends in arrest of top state official on DWI on interstate; Denise Baker is chair of New Mexico Finance Authority
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Gov. Martinez is disappointed her appointee was out to kill her constituents on the highways…
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A governor appointee was arrested Thursday night for driving drunk on westbound I-40 near the Laguna Pueblo.
Denise Baker, 52, who was chosen by Gov. Susana Martinez to chair the New Mexico Finance Authority, was charged with DWI and driving on roadways laned for traffic. She was booked into the Cibola County Adult Detention Center on a $1,200 bond. She has since bonded out of jail.
State Police said another driver called the Drunk Busters hotline around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday about a white SUV swerving all over the road and not letting traffic pass on westbound I-40. Laguna Police pulled Baker over but called State Police to conduct the investigation because Baker was a non-tribal member, according to police. Officers said Baker smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests.
Baker, founder of an Albuquerque electrical contracting company, D.R.B. Electric, has also rubbed elbows with political big-wigs, including former First Lady Laura Bush, Republican Senate nominee Heather Wilson and Gov. Susana Martinez.
Baker was appointed to the Finance Authority, which helps local governments and businesses find funding for capital projects, last summer. ….MORE