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FARMINGTON – A 27-year-old Shiprock man was accused last week of causing a car crash while intoxicated on U.S. Highway 64 east of Farmington, according to a New Mexico State Police press release.

State police officers arrested Garrison Francisco on Dec. 28 on suspicion he crashed into a vehicle on U.S. Highway 64 near mile marker 34, the release states. The vehicle Francisco is alleged to have struck had six occupants, but no injuries were reported, according to the release.

Francisco refused to comply with a breath test, the release states. Francisco was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a previous drunken driving offense in Eddy County, according to the release.

Francisco was charged Dec. 29 with aggravated drunken driving, a second offense, as well as multiple traffic violations.

Francisco pleaded not guilty to the offenses at an arraignment in Farmington Magistrate Court on Dec. 31, according to court records. He has not obtained legal representation, records state.

Gov. Susana Martinez previously identified the stretch of highway between Farmington and Bloomfield as one of New Mexico's deadliest due to the high number of alcohol-related fatalities reported there.

Additional state police officers have been patrolling the highway as part of a state initiative to reduce drunken driving.

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