Santa Fe Magistrate Judge Dev Atma Khalsa will resign amid an ethics probe that would have had him forcibly thrown off the bench.
The investigation came after Khalsa was stopped for a DWI in February off of I-25 when he crashed his car.
The arresting officer could smell alcohol on Khalsa’s breath and noticed slurred speech from the disgraced soon-to-be former judge.
The crash happened on I-25 at the Saint Francis Drive exit in Santa Fe.
According to KOB 4, “If he is convicted, he faces 90 days in jail, a $999 fine, and one year of probation.”
“Officers arrested Khalsa and charged him with reckless driving and driving without a license. After the crash, the state Supreme Court initially suspended him with pay, then without pay last month.” The judge’s license expired two days before the arrest.
Khalsa’s brief stint on the bench, being elected only in November, included a handful of DWI cases, some revolving around revoked licenses.
The Democrat previously won a crowded three-way primary and faced no GOP opponent in the general election.
Once the New Mexico Supreme Court accepts the resignation agreement between the judge and the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission, then his successor can be appointed to the bench by Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.