Anthony Jay Gus
Anthony Jay Gus (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old Farmington man was accused earlier this week of punching his girlfriend while her daughter watched and then drunkenly fleeing in a vehicle. He is also accused of trying to pick the lock on his handcuffs with a broken pair of glasses.

Anthony Gus was charged Monday in Farmington Magistrate Court with child abuse, a first offense, attempted escape from jail, interfering with communications, domestic battery, resisting an officer, and aggravated DWI, a second offense.

Farmington Police were dispatched to a residence in east Farmington after receiving an interrupted 911 call from the residence. Gus' girlfriend called back and told dispatch her boyfriend had hit her and fled in a vehicle.

The girlfriend told an investigating officer Gus had "attacked" her because he was angry she was sitting on the couple's love seat with a broken leg. She showed the officer a plastic bag containing 10 empty shot bottles he allegedly drank and said her 5-year-old daughter watched the incident happen. When she tried to contact police, he allegedly ripped the phone out of her hand, the affidavit states.

Police found Gus outside the house. He initially refused to comment, but became upset when the officer said he could be charged with drunken driving.

"You didn't see me drive, you didn't pull me over," he said in the affidavit.

The girlfriend's vehicle was found parked at a neighbor's house down the street.

Gus refused to perform a field sobriety test and did not provide consent for a blood draw. He was transported to San Juan County Adult Detention Center, where he allegedly tried to pick the lock on his handcuffs using a broken piece of his glasses.

Gus faces up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted of child abuse, a third-degree felony. He faces an additional 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted of attempting to escape from jail, a fourth-degree felony.

According to court records, Gus' bond was set at $19,000 at an arraignment on Monday.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and sgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.