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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs after he admitted to police that he consumed alcohol before driving.

Fredrick Eskeets, 51, faces the second-degree felony, which is listed on court records as his eighth or subsequent offense.

He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked (DWI related) and operating a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock and two petty misdemeanor counts of open container (drink) and improper display of registration plate, according to court records.

Theresa Walker, Eskeets' public defender, could not be reached for comment Friday.

A Farmington Police Department officer was dispatched to Motel 6 at 1600 Bloomfield Blvd. at approximately 11:41 a.m. on Aug. 25, to a report of an unwanted subject, according to the probable cause statement.

Motel employees told the officer that Eskeets and a woman had overstayed in one of the rooms and, when the officer arrived at the room, he saw them packing to leave.

During a conversation with the pair, the officer observed both were highly intoxicated and there was an open bottle of vodka in the room.

The officer observed Eskeets walking slowly and stumbling slightly when he removed items from the room to a Hyundai sedan.

The officer asked Eskeets if it was a good idea to drive after he had been drinking and Eskeets replied no and that they were going to walk.

After vacating the motel room, Eskeets and the woman sat in the Hyundai and the officer passed by and told Eskeets not to drive, and he agreed.

At about 11:59 a.m., the officer observed the Hyundai leave the parking lot then turn north onto Bloomfield Highway.

While approaching the vehicle, the officer saw Eskeets driving and the woman sitting in the passenger seat.

During the traffic stop at the intersection of Bloomfield Highway and East Cedar Street, Eskeets exited the vehicle then waited to be arrested.

He admitted to drinking alcohol and when asked, told the officer his driver's license had been revoked due to a previous DWI incident.

Eskeets refused twice to complete a field sobriety test and was arrested and taken to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, where he declined to provide a breath sample.

The female passenger was taken home by a police officer.

Eskeets waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court, and the case was bound over to district court, according to court records.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion on Aug. 31 to keep Eskeets in custody.

The motion was withdrawn on Sept. 5 after the office learned Eskeets received an ankle monitor as part of his conditions of release, according to court documents.

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

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