Drunk Driver Sues Friend, 2 Restaurants

New Mexico man killed two teen sisters after drinking

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 8, 2013 5:27 PM CST

(Newser) – A repeat drunken driver convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers is suing his drinking buddy and two Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol. James Ruiz filed suit in New Mexico District Court this week, seeking monetary damages from the friend he was out drinking with as well as Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe. The lawsuit, filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, claims the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz emotional distress when he was served drinks in 2010.

Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation. He is serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011. Neither restaurant has commented on the lawsuit. The Albuquerque Journal has more.

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