- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say a state officer has been picked up on his third drunk driving charge.

New Mexico State Police have confirmed that 32-year-old officer Morgan Ortiz is on paid administrative leave during the criminal case and an internal affairs investigation.

Ortiz was arrested last Friday after officers say he crashed into a parked car at the MATS Detox Program. According to police reports, he was too drunk to be arrested and was instead taken to a hospital.

Ortiz graduated from the police academy in December 2015. State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says Ortiz had two DWI convictions from before his 21st birthday but was put through psychological and medical tests before he was hired.

Kassetas called the incident “unfortunate” and says Ortiz was trying to get treatment at the detox center.

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