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Both men accused in separate cases of aggravated battery with deadly weapon

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FARMINGTON — Two men are accused in different cases of striking people with their motor vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Riley Armenta, 27, of Blanco, is accused of two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault along with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, according to court records.

He has a previous DWI conviction from 2009. Armenta was released on his own recognizance on July 24 after his first appearance in Aztec Magistrate Court and did not have legal representation listed on Friday, according to court records.

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He was arrested by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office on the night of July 23 after being accused of driving his pickup truck into a van with two occupants and later striking one of the occupants with his truck, according to the probable cause statement.

Deputies observed blood on the right side of the male victim's face and scrapes on his legs and arms, as well as bruising on the right side of his face.

The incident occurred near the Angel Peak Scenic Area near County Road 7175.

Witnesses told police a white Ford Ranger truck was "acting strange" and was driving in circles in the parking lot of the Angel Peak picnic area before striking the van of the male victim and his wife.

The man got out of the van to see the damage to his vehicle, then threw a rock at the pickup truck, according to court documents.

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The victim's wife told police the truck hit her husband, and he fell to the ground as the truck fled the scene.

Deputies later found Armenta near the Cliff picnic area.

Armenta started to flee police. During a foot chase, a deputy fired his stun gun at the suspect and brought him to the ground.

Armenta registered a 0.17 blood-alcohol content on a breath test. The New Mexico legal limit is 0.08 blood-alcohol content.

In another case, Padrian George, 34, faces several charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs (fourth offense) and leaving the scene of an accident, according to court records.

He also was released on his own recognizance on July 24 after his first appearance in Aztec Magistrate Court and did not have legal representation listed on Friday, according to court records.

George has three DWI convictions, according to court records.

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He is accused of striking a man walking along County Road 6361 on the night of July 20 with his red Dodge Neon vehicle, according to the probable cause statement.

Deputies responding to the scene found the vehicle parked in the westbound lane of County Road 6360 near the sheriff's office Kirtland substation.

Deputies observed injuries to George's face, but the suspect was uncooperative with medics, according to court documents.

He told police he had been drinking but later refused a breathalyzer test.

The male victim told police he was walking with his brother-in-law when the Dodge Neon George was driving allegedly struck him, sending him over the hood of the vehicle and into the windshield.

The victim only suffered scrapes and possible whiplash from the alleged battery by George with his vehicle.

Both men have their preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court.

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

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