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SANTA FE Half-past midnight on a dark road near Belen, Julian Luna nearly struck an ambulance.
It was 1993. He was driving a state-owned vehicle and seemed to be drunk. Upon being stopped by a police officer, he refused to take a breath test and was arrested for DWI.
The charge was later dropped because Luna's car had been slightly beyond the officer's official boundaries.
Case closed? Only for awhile.
The Luna case's eruption into headlines this week led Gov. Bill Richardson to demand what he said would be the toughest set of employee standards ever imposed on state workers.
"The fact is, I want in my administration men and women that have good, clean records," he said earlier this week.
The standards, released today, along with Richardson's recent job actions against several employees, have raised questions about who is fit to work in state government.
The state's Criminal Offender …