FARMINGTON — A suspected drunken driver on Thursday night allegedly crashed into a woman's car, threatened her and then fled from police on Troy King Road.
Farmington police say that they found Pedro Lee, 30, passed out in vehicle, which was parked in a driveway on Meadow Lark Avenue.
He received an additional charge when he started barking and cursing at Savo, a dog in the Farmington police K-9 unit, as he was being arrested.
Lee was arrested on suspicion of his third DWI, aggravated fleeing, an open container violation, resisting arrest, speeding, driving without a license, injury to a police K-9. He is also under investigation for leaving the scene of a crash, according to the probable cause statement for his arrest.
Lee allegedly rear-ended a woman who was driving on U.S. Highway 64 from Kirtland to Farmington. After he crashed into the woman, he followed her closely until she pulled into the 7-2-11 gas station near U.S. Highway 64 and Troy King Road, Farmington police Sgt. Casey Malone said.
The man followed her into the convenience store parking lot and asked the woman if she knew a certain man. When the woman replied that she did not, he threatened to shoot her "at least four times," according to police reports.
Three men at the store temporarily detained Lee, but he was able to get into his car and flee on Troy King Road when an officer arrived on scene.
The woman was not seriously injured.
Lee allegedly drove north on Troy King at a high rate of speed and crossed the center lane several times before he turned west onto Eagle Street and then south onto Meadow Lark Avenue, where he parked in a driveway.
Because Lee had said he had a gun, police set up a perimeter around the area
Police found him asleep in the driver's seat of his car with an Old English malt liquor next to him, according to police reports.
He was taken to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, where a test found his blood alcohol content was 0.25, which is more than three times the legal limit.
Police did not find a firearm, Malone said.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.