- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Santa Fe New Mexican editor has been arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Ray Rivera was booked early Thursday on charges of aggravated DWI, lacking proof of registration and insurance and driving without a license in his possession.

A police report said an officer spotted Rivera sitting in his car with the engine running and a damaged front tire. Rivera was calling his wife on his cellphone and said he was “too drunk to drive” after leaving a restaurant.

The officer said Rivera had blood-shot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He refused to take a field sobriety test or submit to a breath and blood test.

A former investigative reporter for The New York Times, Rivera was named the New Mexican’s editor in 2013.



Rivera entered a not guilty plea. His lawyer, John Day, told the newspaper he advised Rivera not to make any statements.

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