Man accused of 8th DWI, found passed out in vehicle
Suspect's most recent DWI conviction was six years ago
FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man is accused of registering his eighth DWI after he allegedly was found passed out in his vehicle on East Main Street in Farmington.
Shilo Keams, 44, is accused of a third-degree felony count of DWI (seventh or subsequent), according to court documents.
Keams is accused of DWI after he was found intoxicated and passed out in a vehicle near the intersection of East Main Street and 30th Street, according to the probable cause statement.
Ruth Wheeler, Keams' public defender, could not be reached for comment today.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 1:10 p.m. on July 17 to the intersection of 30th Street and East Main Street on a report of a stalled vehicle.
While en route, officers were notified that the driver, later identified as Keams, was possibly intoxicated.
An officer arrived at the scene and relocated Keams to a nearby parking lot.
A witness told police she was stuck behind a red passenger car Keams is accused of driving for three cycles of the red light in a westbound lane of East Main Street.
She stated she approached the vehicle and saw Keams passed out in the driver's seat with his foot on the brake. She turned off the car and took the key to prevent Keams from driving away if he woke up.
Keams told the officer he did not have a driver's license and that the vehicle had stalled on him. The officer observed Keams' speech was slurred and his breath had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.
Keams initially told the officer he had one to two beers about seven to eight hours earlier then changed it to four to five beers about five hours earlier.
After a field sobriety test was performed, Keams was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol vehicle. He refused a breathalyzer exam, and a blood draw was performed after a warrant was obtained.
Keams' seventh DWI conviction occurred in 2012, according to the probable cause statement
He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.
His preliminary hearing in Farmington Magistrate Court is set for Wednesday morning.
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.