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
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(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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vlad
Mar 10, 2013 2:52 PM CDT
thats like gaining weight and sueing your mouth for damages !
Infidel123
Mar 10, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
Put Bozo Oblamer voters on the jury and he will win. It's not my fault it's theirs. Just like the POS in the White House.
Chatsworth
Mar 9, 2013 9:08 AM CST
What a dirtbag.He shouldn't have been drinking and driving.He made the decision to do so and killed two people,and now wants to blame other people for making him do what he did,It's like he's saying "look what you made me do,and now I killed two people by driving drunk and it's your fault".The guy needs to man up and hang himself in his cell.