University of New Mexico lobbyist Marc Saavedra's latest DWI arrest - his third - may not be the only legal problem he will have to face, although he said Monday that he takes the arrest "very seriously" and hopes it provides an opportunity for him to achieve good things with his life.
A criminal summons for falsely obtaining service or accommodations, issued in his
name in January after he
reportedly failed to pay for a taxi ride and fled the scene, was dismissed in June but could be reopened.
According to a criminal summons, just after 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, Albuquerque taxi driver Fessehaye Asmeron told police he
picked up a man and a woman and took them to the Park Avenue SW address where Saavedra lives.
The couple were identified as Saavedra
and Marsella Duarte.
Upon their arrival, the couple said they did not have the fare, about $28.
According to a police report, "Upon learning that Marc
did not have money, the cab driver overheard Marsella stating, 'how are you going to pay me?' to Marc
, apparently, was present.
Last week, Saavedra, UNM's director of government and community relations, was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, his third such arrest.
The university immediately placed him on administrative leave pending further investigation.
On Monday, Saavedra
acknowledged being charged with DWI for the third time and said he
will be consulting with an attorney.
As far as his
job is concerned, he
intent "is to do what I can to improve and advance the university.
That's my goal."
The Journal caught up with Saavedra just as he
was preparing to meet with an attorney.
"This could be a good thing in general," he
said when asked if he
has a drinking problem.
"In the long run, it could be better, an opportunity to do good things with my life.
I know it'll be a tough road ahead, but I will do whatever I can to become a better person."
, 42, said he
has been drinking most of his
"It's just something I picked up, a part of life," he