Firefighters, police busy during Fourth of July holiday weekend

Agencies in San Juan County received 155 fireworks complaints during the five-day holiday weekend

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
Vehicles slow down at a December 2014 sobriety checkpoint on East Main Street in Farmington. Law enforcement was out in force during the days leading up to the Fourth of July holiday searching for impaired drivers.
  • There were 84 firework calls reported between Friday and Tuesday within Farmington city limits.
  • The San Juan County Sheriff's Office reported 42 firework complaints.
  • Farmington police arrested four DWI suspects.

FARMINGTON — Fireworks complaints, driving while intoxicated arrests and fire calls kept law enforcement busy during the extended Fourth of July weekend. 

A total of 155 firework calls were reported to San Juan County law enforcement agencies during the five-day holiday weekend. Seven DWI arrests were made during the same timeframe by three law enforcement agencies.

There were 84 fireworks calls from June 30 through Tuesday within Farmington city limits, according to Farmington Police Department spokeswoman, Georgette Allen said. 

It was an increase from 61 calls received from July 1 to July 4 last year. 

The firework calls kept Farmington firefighters busy during the holiday weekend, according to Farmington Deputy Fire Chief David Burke. 

Burke said there was a mixture of fire calls during the five-day period with several of them fireworks related. One structure fire occurred around 3 pm. on Friday in the 2100 block of East 15th Street that destroyed a bedroom. 

Firefighters were also dispatched at 11:08 p.m. on Monday to the alley behind the Arc of San Juan County store at 200 W. Broadway Ave. for a dumpster fire. 

Damage was limited to the dumpster and a nearby "out building" without damage to the store, according to Burke. The cause remains under investigation. 

The San Juan County Sherriff's Office received 42 fireworks-related calls this year, a minor increase from last year's 40 calls, according to detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

The San Juan County Fire Department responded to multiple brush fires throughout the evening of the Fourth of July, county Fire Marshal and Division Chief Chris Cardin said.

One "out building" was destroyed during a brush fire on Tuesday but the firefighters were able to keep brush fires from destroying several residences, Cardin said. He added a majority of calls firefighters responded to were firework-related.

In Aztec, police received 17 fireworks complaints and there were 12 fireworks calls to police in Bloomfield, according to the agencies.

Aztec Police Department Cpt. Troy Morris said the holiday weekend was kind of slow and not as busy as it has been in previous years.

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In terms of DWIs, Farmington police arrested four suspects between June 30 and Tuesday, Allen said.

There were two DWI arrests made by Aztec police and one by the Bloomfield Police Department.

Figures from the sheriff's office were unavailable as of deadline.

Georgia Jaramillo

One of the DWI suspects arrested by sheriff's deputies was Georgia Jaramillo, 25, who is accused of a felony aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer charge, a misdemeanor charge and four petty misdemeanor charges, according to court records.

She had no legal representation as of this afternoon.

Officers deployed stop sticks to stop a white pickup truck driving southbound on Country Road 350 around 5:10 p.m. on Friday after the vehicle allegedly drove through the intersection of County Road 350 and County Road 390, nearly striking two vehicles, according to the probable cause statement.

The pickup truck driven by Jaramillo was also observed crossing the median and briefly traveling southbound in the northbound lane of County Road 350.

Officers wrote they observed Jaramillo with a strong odor of "intoxicating beverages" and that she had "blood shot" eyes. 

She declined to perform a sobriety and breathalyzer test. 

Her preliminary hearing in Aztec Magistrate Court is scheduled for 8 a.m. on July 13 and was released on her recognizance following a hearing on Monday.

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