Karis Begaye arrested after April 22 collision in Arizona


FARMINGTON — The legal counsel for the Navajo Nation president and vice president's office was placed on administration leave on Monday after she was arrested on driving under the influence and other charges in April.

Karis Begaye, who is the daughter of tribal President Russell Begaye, has been placed on administrative leave indefinitely, according to a press release from the president's office today.

Mihio Manus, spokesman for the president's office, said today Begaye was placed on leave by Vice President Jonathan Nez, who has supervisory oversight over Begaye.

She has entered rehabilitative services, the release from the president's office states. Manus said Begaye began the services today, and no further information is being released.

Begaye, 41, was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and charged with DUI, endangerment and criminal damage after causing a collision on April 22 near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Yavapai Broadcasting in Cottonwood, Arizona, reported Begaye was driving an SUV when she collided with a semi-truck in the northbound lane on Interstate 17.

The Coconino County Attorney's Office has not filed a complaint against Begaye as of today, according to the Flagstaff Justice Court.

Begaye apologized for her actions in a May 4 statement and said she would start a campaign to address alcohol abuse.

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