A drunk driver sues friend is topping news headlines this afternoon after Fox News reported this Friday, March 8, that a repeat drunken driver that was convicted for a crash killing two teens has decided to sue his drinking buddy and the Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol prior to his arrest.
Under the headline, “New Mexico drunk driver sues friend, restaurants”, sources report that James Ruiz, 37, filed an official lawsuit this Wednesday in a district court to seek monetary compensation from the friend he was out drinking with the night of a drunken crash that tragically ended the lives of two teens.
The drunk driver is also filing a lawsuit against the Blue Corn Café and Applebee’s for serving him the alcohol. The lawsuit — that has been filed without a lawyer by Ruiz himself — stated the restaurants and his drinking buddy had Ruiz suffer severe emotional distress following his charges on being accused of drunk driving back in 2010.
In his lawsuit, the accused claims he was convicted because of the “chain of events” caused by his friend and the restaurants. Police confirmed on Thursday that Ruiz crashed his truck into a car with two teenagers from a Navajo reservation, killing them.
He currently serves a 40-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to drunk driving back in 2011.