- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman charged with aggravated drunken driving is suing the city of Rio Rancho for violating her free speech after an officer pulled her over for flashing her high beams at him.

KRQE-TV reports (https://goo.gl/unnGDs) Mariah Martinez is seeking an injunction against the city for stopping motorists who flash their lights.

Martinez, now 23, was stopped in January after she honked and flashed her lights as a police cruiser who she thought had on its high beams. The officer pulled over Martinez and police say she had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.23 percent, nearly three times the state’s presumed level of intoxication.

Colin Hunter, Martinez’s attorney, used the free speech argument to get her charges tossed.

Rio Rancho City Attorney Jennifer Vega-Brown says the city will fight the lawsuit.


Information from: KRQE-TV, https://www.krqe.com

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