Dwayne John
Dwayne John (Courtesy of the San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — Two suspected drunken drivers -- one man with a long history of DWI arrests -- crashed into each other after midnight on New Year's Day on Murray Drive in Farmington, according to Farmington police reports.

At about 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, Dwayne John, 43, was driving his red Ford passenger car north on South Bluffview Avenue approaching Murray Drive.

John has six prior DWI convictions and a seventh DWI charge is pending in district court, according to a state court website.

Witnesses to the crash told police John turned onto Murray Drive in front of Leon Anderson, 31, who was speeding eastbound on the curb, also in a red Ford passenger car. The witnesses said Anderson "gunned it" down the curb and drove into the rear driver's side door of John's car, according to police reports.

Farmington police Officer Colt Kalcich arrested John later that morning. He said John smelled of alcohol and had miniature bottles of alcohol in his pockets.

John was taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries. He drifted in and out of consciousness when Kalcich tried to question him, Kalcich said.

A blood draw was taken. The results have not been returned, said Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Anderson suffered minor injuries and was treated by a deputy at the scene, according to court documents.

He failed field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, according to police.

At 2:45 a.m., a blood-alcohol concentration test showed he had a 0.2 BAC, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving a vehicle, according to a police report.

Both men were arrested for DWI. John is charged with a third-degree felony because of his criminal history. He was also cited for failure to yield and driving while his license was suspended.

He waived his preliminary hearing in magistrate court, and he will next be arraigned in district court.

Anderson is charged with aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor, and his case is being heard in municipal court.

Leon Anderson
Leon Anderson (Courtesy of the San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

The drunken driving crash was the most significant DWI arrest in Farmington made after midnight on New Year's Day, but Kalcich said there were several DWI arrests throughout the night.

Farmington police and other agencies had extra enforcement on patrol because of the nature of the holiday, Kalcich said.

"After midnight, there were several DWI arrests, more than I expected," he said. "It was a very dangerous morning for the citizens because of all the drunk drivers."

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.