Police: Father found blacked out and bombed with son in soiled diaper

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FARMINGTON — Police last week found a 34-year-old Farmington man drunk and unconscious in a vehicle outside a Walmart, according to court records.

A 2-year-old boy with a soiled diaper was found in the vehicle with the man, who police believe hit a parked vehicle before passing out at the wheel, records state.

Jason Tinhorn was charged Dec. 23 in Farmington Magistrate Court with his sixth drunken driving offense, as well as child abuse and several lesser offenses. And on Christmas Eve, David Willie, 47, of Shiprock, also was arrested on suspicion of his sixth drunken driving offense, according to a New Mexico State Police press release.

Tinhorn was allegedly found at 10:20 a.m. Dec. 22 unconscious in his vehicle parked outside the Walmart on West Main Street in Farmington, according an arrest warrant affidavit.

Tinhorn’s 2-year-old boy was sitting in his lap playing with the steering wheel when police arrived on the scene, the affidavit states. A half-empty whiskey shooter was sitting between Tinhorn’s legs, the affidavit states.

Tinhorn’s attorney, Ruth Wheeler, declined to comment.

Roselyn Ford, 54, was unconscious in the passenger seat near a bottle of cinnamon liqueur, the affidavit states. She was arrested on suspicion of violating the state’s open container laws, according to the affidavit.

Paramedics changed the child’s diapers, and he was released to the custody of his mother, the affidavit states.

Tinhorn was arrested and transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for a blood test. He admitted to police he drove to the Walmart, where a loss prevention officer said he struck a gray pick-up truck and then passed out at the wheel.

Tinhorn waived his right to a preliminary examination hearing on Wednesday. He is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $60,000 bond, according to court records.

Willie’s vehicle was stopped by police at 7:30 a.m. near milemarker 31 on U.S. Highway 64, just east of Farmington, the release states. Officers claim Willie, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, smelled like liquor and slurred his words, according to the release.

Willie admitted to consuming alcohol and registered a 0.18 blood-alcohol content on a breath test, the release states.

Willie was charged Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court with his sixth drunken driving offense, failure to maintain a traffic lane and improper equipment.

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

The U.S. Highway 64 corridor between Bloomfield and Farmington was recently identified by Gov. Susana Martinez as one of New Mexico’s deadliest highways due the high number of alcohol-related fatalities on the roadway.

Additional state police officers are patrolling the highway this holiday season to curb drunken driving.

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

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