Sanostee man accused of 7th DWI, violating court order
Suspect was arrested after Oct. 6 incident
FARMINGTON — A Sanostee man is accused of a seventh DWI and violating a court order on a pending district court case for allegedly fleeing police.
Mascarenas Harrison, 34, faces four charges, including a felony count of aggravated DWI, and misdemeanor counts of driving with a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is accused of driving while intoxicated with a revoked license and expired registration on the afternoon of Oct. 6 in Farmington, according to the probable cause statement.
Hunter Hoaglund, Harrison's public defender, could not be reached for comment today.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 2:18 p.m. on Oct. 6 to the 2800 block of North Dustin Avenue on reports of a fight between a man and woman, according to court documents.
The people involved in the alleged fight were observed in a green pickup truck traveling south at a high rate of speed on North Dustin Avenue. An officer conducted a traffic stop, and the vehicle pulled into a parking lot at Brookside Park at 1950 N. Dustin Ave.
Harrison appeared to have a hard time maintaining his balance after exiting his vehicle and walking to the officer, according to court documents. He was detained at the scene and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle. Harrison allegedly had watery, bloodshot eyes and was observed slurring his words.
Another officer arrived at the scene and noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the pickup truck when speaking to the female passenger.
An officer also smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Harrison while he was in the patrol vehicle.
A sobriety test was performed after Harrison stated he had consumed two "shooters" of liquor that morning. He was arrested for DWI after he failed the sobriety test, according to court documents.
A search warrant for a blood sample was obtained after Harrison allegedly refused a breathalyzer exam.
A glass marijuana pipe was found in the truck with burnt marijuana residence inside the pipe.
Harrison was being held without bond pending trial following an Oct. 11 hearing in front of District Judge John Dean Jr. in Aztec District Court.
Dean's order stated Harrison was out on conditions of release on a pending case for five charges including aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer in Aztec District Court.
He wrote Harrison was prohibited from consuming alcohol and cited Harrison's "numerous" convictions for DWI for the no bond hold.
Harrison's preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court.
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.