Police net 26 DWI arrests over holiday weekend

Steve Garrison
Vehicles approach a sobriety checkpoint on Dec. 19, 2014, on East Main Street in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Local and state police arrested 26 motorists over Memorial Day weekend on suspicion of drunken driving, including a 66-year-old Sheep Springs man charged with his 10th drunken driving offense.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Tuesday local officers arrested 10 people on suspicion of drunken driving between Friday and Monday, including a 17-year-old boy.

The Aztec and Bloomfield police departments each arrested one person on suspicion of drunken driving, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office made six arrests and New Mexico State Police made eight arrests, according to numbers provided by officials at each department.

"We had a strong presence throughout the state enforcing all traffic laws this past holiday weekend," New Mexico State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce said.

State police officers arrested four men on their fourth or more drunken driving offense during the holiday weekend.

Timothy Ray Jeans was arrested Saturday morning after a vehicle he was operating was stopped near mile marker 32 on U.S. Highway 64, according to arrest records. Jeans admitted to the officer he consumed a 40-ounce beer before driving, and he registered a 0.18 blood-alcohol content on a breath test, records state. The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in New Mexico is a 0.08 blood-alcohol content.

He was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with his 10th drunken driving offense, according to court records.

Philo Pinto, 40, of Shiprock, was charged Tuesday with his fifth drunken driving offense after his vehicle was stopped Saturday evening by a state police officer near mile marker 8 on County Road 6100, according to arrest records.

The officer noted Pinto smelled like alcohol, and there were several open containers of liquor visible within the vehicle, records state. Pinto twice agreed to perform a breath test and registered a 0.33/0.34 blood-alcohol content, which is more than four times the legal limit, records state.

Alton Leslie, 43, was arrested Saturday night near county roads 6693 and 6691 on his seventh drunken driving offense, according to arrest records. Leslie registered a 0.19 blood-alcohol content on a breath test, records state.

Lance Yazzie was arrested Monday evening on his fourth drunken driving offense after he allegedly attempted to purchase alcohol at Zia Liquors, 3907 U.S. Highway 64, according to arrest records.

Yazzie told an officer he consumed seven beers and four shots of liquor before driving to the liquor store, records state. He registered a 0.16 blood-alcohol content on a breath test, according to records.

All four men were being held on bond Wednesday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to court records.

None of the men had retained legal representation, court records state.

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