Albuquerque restaurateur and member of NMMI Board of Regents Stephen D. Paternoster was arrested for drunk driving on Saturday. He was pulled over around 9:30 p.m. near San Mateo and I-40 in Albuquerque.
According to the Albuquerque Police Department, Paternoster had a blood alcohol content between .18 and .20 at the time of his arrest. He was charged with aggravated DWI.
The NMMI Board of Regents is appointed by the Governor of New Mexico for terms of six years. Paternoster was appointed to the board in 2009. His term expires in 2014. He graduated from NMMI high school in 1979. He received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1998, and his MBA in 2007.
Paternoster later went to work for Jack White Jr. (a NMMI Alumnus) at Whites City Inc. where he became the food and beverage director. In 2005, Paternoster purchased Scalo and Brasserie La Provence in Albuquerque‘s NOB Hill. He is also the chief executive officer of the Central New Mexico YMCA.
New Mexico has some of the toughest DWI penalties in the United States. Aggravated DWI results when tests reveal .16 BAC or above. It requires a mandatory 2-day stay in jail. He may face up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, court costs and the cost of a New Mexico ignition interlock device.