A state judge on Thursday rejected state Sen. Richard Martinez’s request for a jury to determine whether he should be convicted of a drunken driving charge, clearing the way for a two-day bench trial to start next month. Martinez, D-Ojo Caliente, is facing charges of aggravated DWI and reckless driving stemming from a June 28 incident in which the SUV he was driving rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped at a red light in Española. His request for a jury trial was denied by District Judge Francis Mathew. Martinez has been charged with aggravated DWI and reckless driving, both of which carry penalties of no more than 90 days. The AG’s office also recently modified its charges against Martinez, adding an alternative count of aggravated drunken driving that hinges on injuries suffered by the occupants of the car Martinez crashed into.

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