A New Mexico chief district judge, W. John Brennan, was arrested by Albuquerque police early Saturday morning at a DWI checkpoint, reports the Albuquerque Tribune. He was charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence. Officers found a substance they said tested positive as cocaine inside his vehicle. Officers said Brennan appeared “highly intoxicated,” and he could still face drunken driving charges; he failed a field-sobriety test. Brennan, a judge since 1979, apologized and announced his leave of absence from the bench.
Sen. Kent Cravens, an Albuquerque Republican, demanded that Brennan resign. “It seems to me that this arrest was indicative of a lifestyle and not a one-time problem,” Cravens said. “I am outraged that someone of his stature could possibly be arrested for something like this, and he must step down because the public ought to be able to rely on elected officials to uphold the highest ethical standards. His behavior is appalling.”