Farmington bail bondsman arrested in Santa Fe

Bond agent Daniel Goldberg Jr. charged with battery, drunken driving

Steve Garrison
Daniel Goldberg Jr. in 2008.

FARMINGTON — Local bail bondsman Daniel Goldberg Jr. was accused last week in Santa Fe of drunken driving and domestic battery.

Goldberg, 33, was charged Oct. 1 in Santa Fe Magistrate Court with aggravated drunken driving, first offense; battery against a household member, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce; open container in a motor vehicle and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Goldberg could not be reached for comment Friday.

Goldberg operates Goodfellas Bail Bonds and Albuquerque Bonding, among other businesses.

Santa Fe police officers were dispatched Sept. 30 to a residence on Maclovia Street in Santa Fe in response to a possible burglary, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Goldberg's ex-wife met police at the scene and told them Goldberg had struck her several times in the face and then fled in a silver Ford Ranger pickup truck, the affidavit states.

Officers stopped the suspect vehicle near the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Camino Carlos Rey and Goldberg was detained, the affidavit states.

Goldberg smelled like liquor and had bloodshot eyes, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

He told police his ex-wife bit him, and officers noted in the affidavit there was a bruise on his upper arm.

Goldberg failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest, according to the affidavit.

Officers found an open bottle of whiskey, a jar containing three-tenths of an ounce of marijuana and a loaded 9 mm pistol in Goldberg's vehicle.

A breath test could not be performed on Goldberg, so he was transported to St. Vincent Medical Center for a blood test, the affidavit states.

Goldberg allegedly became unruly while being transported to the hospital and attempted to kick out a patrol car window, according to the affidavit.

Goldberg was released on a $5,000 bond posted by his father, Daniel Goldberg Sr.

Daniel Goldberg Sr. was previously charged in San Juan County with fraud, extortion and racketeering on allegations he stole money from clients whom he bonded out of jail, even though he did not have a bail bondsman license.

In response to the charges, the elder Goldberg said he was not acting as a bail bondsman. He previously told The Daily Times his son signs the defendant's bond and he acts as a bail recovery agent if the defendant fails to make a court appearance.

The New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance previously denied Daniel Goldberg Jr. a bail bondsman license in March 2011 on allegations he lied about his criminal history on a license renewal application, but reversed its ruling and accepted the application.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.