Suspect has five driving while intoxicated convictions


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing his seventh driving while intoxicated charge after being arrested in a grocery store parking lot.

Adrian Lucero, 36, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with a third-degree felony count of driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs (seventh or subsequent offense), according to court records.

He also has a pending case in district court for a sixth DWI charge and a third-degree felony count of abuse of a child, according to court records.

An expedited motion for pretrial detention was filed by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office to hold Lucero, according to a copy of the motion.

The motion cites Lucero's previous convictions including five counts of DWI, a felony count of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor counts of battery.  

It also stated Lucero violated his probation on the possession of a controlled substance conviction.

The DA's office wrote in the motion that Lucero required detention to prevent him from driving drunk.

Tyson Quail, Lucero's attorney on the sixth DWI charge, declined comment. Lucero did not have legal representation on the seventh DWI charge as of Monday afternoon.

For the most recent charge, Lucero was arrested on the evening of Oct. 6 in the Smith's grocery store parking lot at 600 E. 20th St, according to the probable cause statement.

A detective for the Farmington Police Department responded to the grocery store at 6:51 p.m. on reports of a man who was stumbling as he exited the vehicle.

The caller who reported Lucero said he observed that a man driving a red SUV was staggering as he walked around the Giant convenience store at 609 E. 20th St. and then the man got into his vehicle and drove across the street to the larger grocery store.

The detective initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot after he observed Lucero enter the SUV and to prevent Lucero from driving off, according to court documents.

While speaking to the detective, Lucero stated he did not drive to the grocery store or the convenience store, and said he didn't drink any alcohol.

He added he had taken a prescription muscle relaxer and a prescription painkiller in the last two to three hours prior.

The detective observed Lucero smelled like the odor of an alcoholic beverage while conducting a sobriety test, according to court documents.

After being taken into custody, Lucero told the detective to call a female acquaintance to confirm he never drove the vehicle.

The woman told police she did not drive Lucero to Smith's and that there was only one set of vehicle keys, which Lucero had.

Lucero was incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center as of Monday afternoon. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.


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