U.S. marshals arrest fugitive in Nageezi

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — U.S. marshals arrested a 39-year-old Nageezi man Wednesday who is alleged to have fled police while driving drunk in March.

Emory Werito

A district judge issued a bench warrant for Emory Werito's arrest on Aug. 11 after the man failed to appear at a court hearing on charges of aggravated fleeing, battery on a peace officer and drunken driving — a third offense.

Werito was tracked down and arrested in the Farmington area near Nageezi, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Werito originally was arrested the night of March 7 on allegations he fled police on U.S. 550 near the Hilltop Giant gas station in a Chevrolet pickup truck, according to court records.

Prosecutors allege Werito led police on a chase in the wrong lane of traffic without his vehicle's headlights illuminated. Werito was eventually arrested after his truck became disabled in an open field, records state. He registered a 0.23 blood-alcohol content on a breath test, according to records.

Werito was released on bond on March 21, records state.

The U.S. Marshals Service indicated in its press release it will seek new federal charges in connection to Werito's recent arrest.