Man accused of attacking victim outside Farmington hotel
FARMINGTON — A Kayenta, Ariz., man is accused of attacking another man outside a Farmington hotel and fleeing the scene in a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Alias Curley, 29, was arrested by Farmington police on July 28 and accused of aggravated battery (great bodily harm) and driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs (third offense), according to court records.
Curley is accused of repeatedly punching a man outside the Brentwood Inn and Garden at 600 E. Broadway Ave. around 12:40 a.m. on July 28, the probable cause statement says.
Curley did not have legal representation as of this afternoon, according to court records.
The victim was unconscious when Farmington Police Department officers arrived at the scene. He had a laceration above one of his eyelids and was lying in a pool of blood.
The man was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was unresponsive, and the hospital staff inserted a breathing tube because he could not maintain a rate above 12 breaths per minute, according to court documents. A normal respiratory rate for a resting adult is 12 to 20 breaths per minute, according to the Cleveland Clinic website.
Farmington police do not know if or when the victim was released from the hospital, according to spokeswoman Georgette Allen.
An officer observed Curley leave the scene when police arrived, run to a vehicle across the street in the shuttered Red Lion Inn parking lot and drive off. Officers later pulled him over in a traffic stop near the intersection of East Main Street and Butler Avenue.
After allegedly refusing instructions during a field sobriety test, Curley was arrested, according to court documents.
A breathalyzer test indicated Curley had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 and 0.13. The New Mexico legal limit is 0.08.
A witness told police Curley had been harassing the victim in the hotel bar, and when the victim left the bar, Curley followed.
When the witness went outside, he spotted Curley on top of the victim, punching him in the face, according to court documents. The witness responded by running over to Curley and pulling him off the victim.
Curley's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court. He was released on a $15,000 cash/surety bond on Monday.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.