Man accused of drunkenly fleeing police

Steve Garrison
Lyle Pinto

FARMINGTON — A 31-year-old Farmington man has been accused of leading police on a vehicle pursuit in downtown Farmington while intoxicated.

Lyle Pinto was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, driving while under the influence, several traffic violations and possession of marijuana.

His bond has been set at $7,000, according to court records.

He has not yet retained legal representation, according to court records.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 8:30 p.m. Monday to an area on College Boulevard in Farmington after receiving reports that a blue van struck a parked vehicle before fleeing the scene, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

An officer spotted the suspect vehicle shortly thereafter driving in circles outside the Giant gas station at 531 E. Broadway Ave. The officer activated his emergency lights and the vehicle fled south on East Mesa Verde Avenue and then West on East Animas Street, the affidavit states.

The driver ignored several traffic lights as he slowly weaved his vehicle through downtown Farmington, according to the affidavit.

The officer stopped following the vehicle after several minutes, but noted the vehicle license plate was registered to an address on West Apache Street.

Officers visited the residence at approximately 9 p.m. and spoke to Pinto's fiance, who said Pinto had just arrived home and had been driving the suspect vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Pinto was found passed out on a bedroom floor inside the residence when police arrived, the affidavit states. He agreed to perform a breath test at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, which registered a 0.23 blood-alcohol content, according to the affidavit.

Two small plastic bags containing 6 grams of marijuana were also found on his person, the affidavit states.

He is expected to appear Wednesday at Farmington Magistrate Court for a preliminary examination hearing.

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