High-profile defense lawyer in New Mexico faces DWI charge

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A high-profile defense lawyer who also served as a former prosecutor for U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico has been arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Court records show Robert Gorence was arrested last Saturday in Albuquerque after an officer spotted his vehicle swerving and going below the speed limit on Interstate 25.

Officer Keith Curry wrote the 61-year-old Gorence had bloodshot and watery eyes and had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Curry says Gorence then performed badly on a field sobriety test.

Police also reported finding a partially empty bottle of Jim Beam under the driver’s seat of Gorence’s BMW.

Gorence was charged with DWI and possession of an open container. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Gorence did not immediately return phone messages.

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