Repeat drunk driver convicted of killing two teens sues restaurants and friend who served him
Diann Hodges

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A repeat drunken driver who was convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers is suing his drinking buddy and two New Mexico restaurants that served him alcohol.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that James Ruiz filed a lawsuit Wednesday and is seeking monetary damages from the former drinking buddy and Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe in Santa Fe.

According to the lawsuit filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz "emotional distress" when they served him booze in 2010. Ruiz says he was convicted as a result of a chain of events that were set in motion by the drinking buddy and the restaurants.

Ruiz was out on bond on his fifth DWI arrest when the fatal crash took place three years ago. Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation.

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

Both restaurants declined to comment on the lawsuit.


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