SANTA FE, N.M.—A repeat drunken driver convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers is suing his drinking buddy and two Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that James Ruiz filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from the friend he was out drinking with before the crash as well as Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe.

According to the lawsuit filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz "emotional distress" when they served him drinks in 2010. Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation.

He's serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011.

Both restaurants declined to comment on the lawsuit.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,