Drunk driver sues friend, restaurants

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SANTA FE, N.M. –  A repeat drunken driver convicted in a 2010 crash that killed two has sued his drinking buddy and two local restaurants that served him alcohol, the Albuquerque Journal reported

James Ruiz, 37, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from his friend and two restaurants.

The lawsuit, filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, claims the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz emotional distress due to the loss of liberty and enjoyment of life after he was served drinks in 2010.

Ruiz said in his suit that he was convicted and incarcerated due to the chain of events the defendants set in motion.

Police said Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenagers — Del Lynn Peshlakai, 19, and her sister Deshauna, 17 — from the Navajo reservation.

He’s serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011.

Source: Albuquerque Journal