Farmington woman accused of driving stolen vehicle, DWI
Suspect told officers she drank 4 cans of alcoholic beverage
FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman is accused of driving a stolen pickup truck and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Collette Etcitty, 32, faces three charges, including a second-degree felony count of receiving stolen property (more than $20,000) along with a misdemeanor count of aggravated DWI, according to court documents.
She did not have legal representation Friday.
Etcitty has convictions for aggravated assault, two DWIs and battery upon a peace officer, according to court records.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 12:45 p.m. on July 4 to the area of the Giant gas station at 507 E. Broadway Ave. on a report of a possibly intoxicated driver, according to the probable cause statement.
A lieutenant observed a white pickup truck with a missing tailgate and Colorado license plate parked at the gas station, and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. Etcitty was observed exiting the vehicle and started to walk away from the scene, according to court documents.
After several attempts by the lieutenant to get her stop, Etcitty complied with his orders and stopped. Etcitty told the lieutenant she had consumed four cans of an alcoholic beverage and had driven to the location.
She allegedly told an officer who arrived on scene that she drove from a mobile home park to the east, then stated it was to the west.
While speaking to Etcitty, the officer smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Etcitty's mouth and observed that she had watery eyes, according to court documents.
The officer performed a field sobriety test and took Etcitty into custody.
Etcitty told the officer two "white people" asked her to drive them to the Giant gas station. She allegedly became hostile and very agitated when she was asked to provide a description of the two people.
Etcitty's preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.
She was being held without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
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