Area police make DWI arrests during New Year's weekend
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Nearly 20 people apprehended over four-day period
FARMINGTON — Local law enforcement agencies made nearly 20 DWI arrests during the New Year's weekend.
The San Juan County Adult Detention Center reported there were 18 people arrested for DWI charges from Friday through Monday at the county jail.
New Mexico State Police made eight of the arrests while the Farmington Police Department and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office both made six arrests each during the four-day period.
No DWI arrests were made by the Aztec and Bloomfield police departments.
State police and Farmington police organized a sobriety checkpoint on Sunday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and Troy King Road on the west side of Farmington, according to Sgt. Joseph Schake of the New Mexico State Police.
Four DWI arrests and six arrests, including some for drug-related charges, were made at the checkpoint, along with multiple citations issued, according to Schake.
"I think the visibility of a checkpoint was very effective," Schake said.
One of the arrests made by Farmington police was a man accused of his fourth DWI charge in the early hours of New Year's Eve.
Will Scott, 37, of Aztec, was arrested and accused of seven charges, including a felony count of aggravated DWI and two felony drug charges, according to court records. He did not have legal representation as of this morning, according to court documents.
A Farmington police officer observed an SUV was struggling to stay in its designated lane of traffic while traveling north on Municipal Drive around 12:02 a.m. Sunday, according to the probable cause statement.
The officer initiated a traffic stop after the SUV suddenly changed lanes without using its turn signal before traveling through the intersection of West 20th Street and Municipal Drive.
As the officer approached the vehicle, Scott was observed with bloodshot and watery eyes, along with slurred speech, the probable cause statement says.
Scott initially told the officer he did not consume any alcoholic beverages. He then told the officer he had a beer about six hours earlier and a cocktail at the No Worries Sports Bar and Grill about two and a half hours earlier, according to court documents.
He was arrested after allegedly refusing to participate in a field sobriety test.
Three open containers were found in the SUV before it was towed, including an open bottle of whiskey, according to the probable cause statement, while two types of prescription-only drugs were found in a bottle inside the center console of the SUV.
Scott is also accused of refusing to provide a breath sample for a breathalyzer test. A search warrant was issued to obtain a blood sample from Scott.
He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday following his first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court earlier that day.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.