Police make 19 DWI arrests over Memorial Day weekend

The Farmington Police Department reported arresting nine people on suspicion of drunken driving between Friday and Monday.

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
Christie Cohoe

FARMINGTON — State and local law enforcement arrested 19 people for suspicion of drunken driving during the Memorial Day weekend.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department arrested nine people on suspicion of drunken driving between Friday and Monday, according to spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Of the nine arrests, seven of the suspects were repeat offenders, Allen said. 

There were four arrests made by the New Mexico State Police in San Juan County, according to department spokesman Carl Christiansen. 


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He added the goal of the department's Combined Accident Reduction Effort initiative during the holiday weekend was for officers to be highly-visible, encouraging drivers to obey traffic laws.

"I think it was a successful operation," Christiansen said. 

The Aztec Police Department and Bloomfield Police Department reported three arrests each. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office arrested two people during the holiday weekend, according to numbers provided by officials at each department.

There were 26 people arrested over the Memorial Day weekend last year, according to The Daily Times archives. 

A Shiprock woman is accused of child abuse after allegedly driving her three children to a fast-food restaurant while intoxicated.

Christie Cohoe, 30, was arrested Sunday night at the Blake's Lotaburger restaurant on 420 E. Broadway Ave., according to the probable cause statement. 

She was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with a third-degree felony count for child abuse and misdemeanor DWI and driving with revoked license charges.

Cohoe has not secured legal representation. She was convicted of an aggravated DWI in 2004.

Farmington officers were dispatched at 9:47 p.m. on Sunday after a witness spotted Cohoe driving erratically in the restaurant's parking lot and observed her strike a curb with the vehicle.

Cohoe initially told police she had three beers but later stated she also consumed "two pints of whiskey," according to court documents. 

Her children told police Cohoe drove them to restaurant while their father was sleep in a hotel room at the Region Inn at 601 E. Broadway Ave., according to the probable cause statement.

Cohoe's blood-alcohol content registered at 0.20 and 0.21, according to court documents. The legal limit for operating a vehicle in New Mexico is 0.08.

She was released on her own recognizance Tuesday following her first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court. 

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.