Man charged with eighth DWI after police confrontation at Outback

Begay is currently awaiting trail for his seventh DWI charge

Megan Petersen
Farmington Daily Times
Simon Ross Begay

FARMINGTON — A local man is facing several charges, including his eighth driving while intoxicated charge, after a confrontation with Farmington Police at Outback Steakhouse on Nov. 22.

Simon Ross Begay, 47, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with an eighth or subsequent aggravated DWI and misdemeanor for driving with a revoked license, as well as four petty misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana, failing to maintain a traffic lane, no proof of insurance and illegal registration plates, according to court documents.

Police were dispatched at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 to the Outback Steakhouse at 4921 E. Main St. for a domestic violence situation in which a man was arguing with another person and had left the business. Officers located a man matching the description provided by dispatch as he was walking towards Albertson’s and identified him as Begay, according to the statement of probable cause.

Begay appeared to be highly intoxicated, and after an interview about the domestic violence situation in which he told police he did not have a vehicle, police released Begay, according to court documents.

At approximately 11 p.m., police received reports of a vehicle driving erratically heading east bound on NM 516 before making a sudden U-turn and heading westbound towards Farmington city limits. Police, including the officer who responded to Outback Steakhouse, conducted a traffic stop near Cliffside Drive and Arch Lane and identified Begay, who still appeared to be highly intoxicated and “stated he was over the limit to drive,” according to court documents.

Begay refused to participate in a standard field sobriety test and was taken into custody. Police found a half-gram of marijuana in Begay’s vehicle, and reviewed his records to find his license had been revoked after eight prior DWI arrests, according to court documents.

He is set to go to trial for a July 2015 DWI charge, his seventh, in January, and plead guilty to DWI charges from 1997 and 2001 incidents in Farmington Municipal and Farmington-Aztec District courts, according to court documents.

Begay appeared for his preliminary examination on Wednesday, and he is currently in custody at San Juan County Adult Detention Center. His bail was set at $10,000 secured bond, according to court documents.

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