The Albuquerque Police Department released lapel video footage of Republican State Rep. Monica Youngblood taking a sobriety test at around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, then subsequently getting arrested. The 41-year-old lawmaker denied consuming any alcohol but later, she refused to take a breathalyzer test after the sobriety test didn’t go too well. She also told the officer that she had taken no medication other than Ibuprofen.
It’s all ‘Blue Lives Matter’ until you get arrested.
She told the officer at one point that she’s a state representative, then tried to get out of being arrested by repeatedly saying, “I fight for you guys,” and, “I’m the one that runs the death penalty for people who try to kill cops.”
“Well, that doesn’t make it OK to drink and drive,” the officer said.
Nevertheless, she persisted.
“People tell me that you guys treat people of color like shit, and I always stand up for you guys,” she said. “I stick up for you guys, and I say, you know what, they wouldn’t treat you like shit if there wasn’t a reason.”
Rep. Youngblood cried throughout the ordeal. At one point, another woman who was in the police vehicle with her (apparently under arrest, too) told her to own up to it and added that crying won’t help. The officer, for his part, was extremely patient.
KOB-TV stopped by Youngblood’s residence twice this week but no one answered, but they did get a statement from her.
“As a legislator, I have always taken drinking and driving seriously,” she said. “While I regret the situation altogether, I most definitely regret not taking the breathalyzer test. I look forward to bringing this matter to a swift and just conclusion.”
Youngblood’s Twitter accounts appear to be deactivated. There’s a lot of jokes I could make here, but I really do hope she gets the help she needs. For reals, you guys. She’s obviously in denial. After she gets help, we’d like her to get out of politics, thankyouverymuch.
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