Paul Taylor arrested after May 7 crash on West Main Street


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was arrested last week for DWI after he allegedly failed to yield to another vehicle at an intersection, resulting in a crash.

Paul Taylor, 45, was charged with child abuse, aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs (0.16 or above), driving while license revoked (DWI related), open container (drink) and failure to yield, according to court records.

Officers from the Farmington Police Department were dispatched at about 4:20 p.m. on May 7 to 2400 W. Main St. to investigate a possible DWI situation, according to the probable cause statement.

Taylor had been driving south on Gooding Lane when he allegedly failed to yield to the right of way traffic traveling westbound on Main Street.

The Ford truck he was driving was struck on Main Street near the intersection.

Taylor was driving with two children, ages 10 and 13. No injuries were reported to the passengers in the probable cause statement.

Taylor told officers he drank two beers about an hour before the accident and said his driver's license had been revoked due to a previous DWI incident.

He agreed to participate in a standard field sobriety test. The results from the test and his admission to drinking two beers led to his arrest.

The children were released to a woman whose contact information Taylor provided to police.

Taylor did not have an attorney listed on Friday.

He was booked into San Juan County Adult Detention Center on May 7 and released on May 8.

A judge ordered Taylor to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, according to court documents.

A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at

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