A repeat drunken driverwho was convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers is suing his drinkingbuddy and two New Mexico restaurants that served him alcohol.
The Albuquerque Journalreports that James Ruiz filed a lawsuit Wednesday and is seeking monetarydamages from the former drinking buddy and Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe inSanta Fe.
According to the lawsuitfiled by Ruiz without a lawyer, the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz"emotional distress" when they served him booze in 2010. Ruiz says hewas convicted as a result of a chain of events that were set in motion by thedrinking buddy and the restaurants.
Ruiz was out on bond onhis fifth DWI arrest when the fatal crash took place three years ago. Policesay Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from theNavajo reservation.
He's serving a 40-yearprison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011.
Both restaurants declinedto comment on the lawsuit.
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