NM lawyer who targets drunk drivers guilty of DWI

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2011 2:18 PM
NM lawyer who targets drunk drivers guilty of DWI

An Albuquerque, N.M., lawyer known for suing drunken drivers has been convicted of driving while impaired.

Ron Bell was found guilty of three counts Tuesday, including DWI, speeding and failure to maintain a traffic lane.

Bell was stopped in June 2010 by an off-duty Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy. Bell failed some field sobriety tests and a toxicology report showed he had amphetamine in his system.

Bell takes Adderall, which contains amphetamine, for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

A toxicology expert testified that the level in Bell's system was enough to impair a normal person's driving. Bell's attorney argued there was no evidence Bell was incapable of driving.

Bell was ordered to pay a fine and perform community service. He also must attend DWI school and use an interlock ignition device for one year.