Farmington police catch DWI fugitive

The Daily Times staff
Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank, described by state officials as "one of New Mexico's most wanted DWI fugitives," has been captured by Farmington police.

Frank, 51, who has a mailing address in Farmington, was paroled after his seventh DWI conviction. It was the second time he had skipped out of his supervision.

On Nov. 7 shortly after 9 p.m., police were called for a welfare check on a man who was passed out under a tree in the 700 block of East 20th Street, a police spokeswoman said.

Officers identified Frank and arrested him on an outstanding warrant and an open container charge.

"The Farmington Police Department remains dedicated to working with surrounding law enforcement agencies to keep DWI offenders off our roads and maintain the safety of our citizens," the department said in a statement.

Gov. Susana Martinez said the arrest was part of a statewide effort to capture repeat DWI offenders who skip out on parole or probation.

"This repeat drunk driver is too dangerous to be on our roads,” Acting Corrections Secretary David Jablonski said. “Even when he was arrested, he was intoxicated – a clear sign that he skipped out of supervision to continue breaking the rules. We are extremely grateful to our law enforcement partners for getting him off the streets.”