Court: New Mexico man with 6 DWIs can get license restored

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A New Mexico appeals court says an Albuquerque man convicted six times for drunken driving can have his state driver’s license restored.

The state Court of Appeals ruled this week a lower court erred when it denied 53-year-old Monte DeMichele’s petition to restore his license.

According to court records, DeMichele was convicted six times of driving while intoxicated between 1990 and 2005. But after an interlock was placed in his vehicle and DeMichele said he was an active participant in Alcoholics Anonymous for eight years, he petitioned to have his license restored.

A New Mexico district court ruled last year because interlock records showed small traces of alcohol, DeMichele didn’t meet “good cause” for a license restoration.

A three-member appeals court reversed that decision.

The ruling comes as New Mexico has launched a number of anti-drunken driving campaigns. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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