FARMINGTON — Farmington police made one DWI arrest and arrested a person for an outstanding warrant during a DWI checkpoint on Friday night.

Farmington and New Mexico police set of a DWI checkpoint just south of Sunrise Parkway on Butler Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday night.

Police chose the area because vehicles coming and going from Piñon Hills Boulevard drive through the area and because there have been DWI arrests in the area, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said.

In January a suspected drunken driver crashed into a car that was parked near that intersection and fled the scene.

Frankie Crawford, 60, was arrested for suspicion of DWI after he fled from police and crashed into four cars in that case.  

On Friday night, Farmington police officers stopped 257 vehicles. One person was arrested for DWI, one person was arrested for a warrant and 12 citations were issued, Tracy said.

New Mexico police also stopped vehicles during the checkpoint. That agency's statistics are not yet available.

Tracy said Farmington police made two DWI arrests in Farmington on St. Patrick's Day.

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