Notorious Santa Fe drunk driver back in court Friday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of New Mexico’s more notorious drunk drivers was back in court Friday afternoon.

A Santa Fe judge had to decide whether Scott Owens can be trusted back out on the streets.

Scott Owens was found not guilty for a DWI car crash which left four teenagers dead back in 2009.

But, since then he keep getting into trouble.

Friday, prosecutors argued Owens needs to stay behind bars for violating his conditions of release for a 3rd DWI arrest.

“This raises serious concerns for the state given that not only his history but the fact that the amount of THC that was found in his system,” Prosecutor Justin Works said.

Owens tested positive for marijuana while out of jail following a February DWI arrest when police say they found him drunk in a parked car.

The prosecutor says Owens was so high on marijuana during his drug test last week that he must have been impaired when he drove to the test.

He asked the judge to keep Owens in jail.

The defense argued conditions could only be changed if Owens faced new drug or DWI charges.

The judge disagreed.

“It’s clear that you’ve violated your conditions of release that the court imposed upon you. So to ensure the safety of the community, I’m going to be changing your conditions of release,” said Judge Matthew Wilson.

He ordered Owens held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. If he bonds out he can be called in twice a week for random drug testing.

Owens also had to show the judge the breathalyzer he has to blow into every day to prove he’s staying sober.

Prosecutors believe he’s been tampering with it.

At last check, Owens still hadn’t bonded out.

His DWI trial could come in late August.

Owens was found not guilty of vehicular homicide after a 2009 head-on crash that killed four teens.

He admitted he’d been drinking but argued the teens swerved into him.

He plead guilty to another DWI in 2012. 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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