Sanostee man, Arizona woman captured after allegedly hitting patrol car


FARMINGTON — A Sanostee man and a woman from Arizona were arrested last week for DWI after their vehicle with three children in the backseat allegedly struck a New Mexico State Police patrol vehicle at a slow speed.

Shelton Johnson, 26, and Philleria Phillips, 31 of Rock Point, Ariz., were arrested on Jan. 11 by State Police officers, according to a New Mexico State Police press release.

They both are charged and accused of a felony count of child abuse and a petty misdemeanor count of a child not properly restrained in a vehicle, according to court records.

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Johnson faces a total of five charges, including a petty misdemeanor count of aggravated DWI. Phillips also faces five charges, including a misdemeanor count of aggravated DWI.

State Police officers received reports of a possible drunk driver in a gray passenger car around 8 p.m. on Jan. 11, according to the press release.

Two officers spotted the vehicle on San Juan Boulevard in Farmington.

When the officers turned on the emergency lights on their patrol vehicle, the gray car slowed down to 5 mph but refused to stop.

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One of the officers believed the vehicle would not stop as it was heading westbound on San Juan Boulevard approaching the Butler Avenue and San Juan Boulevard intersection, according to State Police spokesman Ray Wilson. 

The officer put his patrol vehicle in the path of the gray car and was struck at a slow speed, according to the press release.

No injuries were reported, and Johnson, the driver of the gray car, was arrested. After speaking to witnesses, Philips was arrested after officers were told Phillips was previously driving the vehicle.

The children were taken into custody by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

The preliminary hearing for Johnson and Phillips is Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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