Men with multiple DWI convictions face new charges

Herbert Sandoval Jr. is facing his 10th drunken driving charge

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
Herbert Sandoval Jr.

FARMINGTON — Two local men with multiple drunken driving convictions — including one man who is facing his 10th DWI charge — are both set to have arraignments next month.

Ronald Gleason and Herbert Sandoval Jr. will be arraigned in their separate cases on Jan. 3 in district court, according to court records.

Ellen Wayne, the court-appointed attorney for both Gleason and Sandoval, could not be reached for comment today. on Thursday

Sandoval, 54, is facing his 10th drunken driving charge, according to San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien. Sandoval has nine previous drunken driving convictions, according to court records. Three other DWI cases against him have been dismissed, records state.

Now Sandoval has been charged with an eighth or subsequent DWI felony, driving with a revoked license and improper display of vehicle registration, according to the criminal complaint.

Farmington police arrested Sandoval on Aug. 27 at the Giant convenience store on 507 E. Broadway Ave, according to court records.

Officers pulled over Sandoval after noticing the lack of vehicle registration on his black sport utility vehicle. After failing a field sobriety test, Sandoval was transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to court paperwork.

His blood-alcohol content registered at 0.20 at the detention center.

Ronald Gleason

A bench warrant was issued for Sandoval’s arrest on Sept. 7 after he failed to appear at a preliminary examination that day, according to court records.

He was arrested on Dec. 1 and remains in the detention center on a $40,000 bond, according to county Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw.

Gleason, 48, is facing multiple charges, including a seventh or subsequent DWI felony and misdemeanors for disorderly conduct and battery, according to a criminal complaint. He has six previous drunken driving convictions, according to court records.

On Dec. 6, police responded to a house in the 2500 block of La Rue Avenue in Farmington after a man reported that Gleason allegedly punched him in the face, according to court paperwork.

While the man was being treated by medics, a car with a single occupant drove up to another home on the street and the alleged victim told police the vehicle belonged to Gleason, according to the probable cause statement.

Gleason told officers he had been drinking earlier in the day and later denied driving the vehicle, according to the statement.

He was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety test. Capshaw said Gleason remains in custody on a $40,000 bond. 

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.