The Blotter 4/25/2013
Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
• A Veguita woman reported she made arrangements with a Mountainair man to sell three vehicles. The man was going to take them to be recycled and bring her the money, but he never brought her the money.
• A Socorro man stopped for traffic violations failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DWI. He was taken to Socorro General Hospital for blood to be drawn.
• A deputy responded to a traffic crash about 1 a.m. on the ditch bank of J.J. Torres Road. The driver, a California man, said he was trying to get on Interstate 25 and took a wrong turn. He was trying to turn onto the ditch bank and did not see the irrigation ditch on the side, so he got his truck stuck in the irrigation ditch. It was towed out and no enforcement action was taken.
• A deputy was dispatched to Lemitar about 8 a.m. regarding criminal damage to a vehicle. The owner said someone shot his truck with a BB gun, but the deputy found no shoe prints.
• A deputy met with a Veguita man at his home on Patricia Avenue. The man reported he had been gone for a month, and when he returned he found items had been taken from his property.
• An Alamo man reported damage to a gate. A deputy viewed the damage, which appeared to have been caused by a vehicle with a bumper guard running into it. The damage appeared to have been inflicted on purpose.
• A deputy noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from a vehicle during a traffic stop about 8:08 p.m. The driver, a Socorro man, said he had an alcoholic beverage around noon, but performed poorly on a vehicle sobriety test and was arrested. Breath test results were .01 and .01, so he was taken to Socorro General Hospital for blood work and released.
• A deputy served a valid arrest order to a San Acacia woman at the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from a vehicle during a traffic stop. The driver, a Socorro woman, failed the field sobriety test and was arrested. She refused a chemical test and was booked into the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy was dispatched about 7 a.m. to west U.S. 60 regarding wire stolen from Socorro Electric Co-op sometime between Jan. 1 and March 15. The chain link fence had been cut and the spool of wire rolled out. The wire was later found at the Rio Grande at the east end of Otero Street.
• A deputy met with a San Antonio woman at the state police office about noon. The woman reported being pushed by her ex-husband when she went to pick up her children from his residence, and that she was holding her 2-year-old at the time. When she tried to leave, her ex-husband kept opening the door of the vehicle. When she was finally able to start backing out, he hit her mirror with his fist and shattered it. The complaint was filed and a 72-hour protection notice was delivered to the woman’s ex-husband.
• A deputy met with two Magdalena residents who live on Hop Canyon Road regarding their “no trespassing” signs. The deputy told them they were not allowed to take down each other’s signs. He also told them that if they cannot come up with an agreement, they will have to file a civil court case to handle their problems.
• A deputy and a New Mexico Game and Fish officer went to a property on state Highway 116 near Bosque regarding numerous calls the property owner was running a “chop shop.” The owner gave the deputy permission to look around and take down some vehicle identification numbers. When the deputy went to the New Mexico State Police office and ran the VIN numbers through the National Crime Information Center database, one vehicle came back as stolen from Los Lunas. Another vehicle on the property had its VIN number removed. The deputy returned to the property to serve a search warrant for the two vehicles, which were then towed to the county maintenance yard.
• A deputy dispatched to a traffic crash about 9:12 p.m. met with a Rio Rancho man, who reported his car was hit with a tire from a tractor trailer when the tire blew out. The tractor trailer was never found.
• A deputy stopped an Albuquerque man on Interstate 25 for a tail lamp being out. A National Crime Information Center check revealed the license plate was invalid, and there was no paperwork on the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and the driver ticketed.
• A deputy was called to a domestic scene by the Socorro Police Department because it involved an SPD officer’s family. The suspect, a male relative of the officer, said he was arguing with his son when he became angry and tried to hit him. The man then pulled out a pistol and shot at his son. Both the son and his mother reported the same details as the man did. The man was arrested and taken to Socorro General Hospital for a medical clearance. He was cleared for incarceration and booked into jail.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro woman who had a valid warrant.
• A deputy smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a vehicle during a traffic stop about 11:43 p.m. The deputy patted the driver down for weapons, finding a small key chain container with what appeared to be methamphetamine inside. The driver performed poorly on a field sobriety test and was arrested. Another deputy assisting got permission from the vehicle’s passenger, the woman who owns the vehicle, to search the vehicle. The deputy found several small bags of methamphetamine, so the woman was also arrested.
• A deputy assisting with a DWI stop on Frontage Road encountered a Tome man who wanted to take the vehicle. When the deputy processed his driver’s license through the National Crime Information Center, the deputy discovered a bench warrant on the man so he was arrested.
• A deputy was dispatched to the corner of Farm Market Road and Riverside for a criminal damage report. A man said he left a backhoe owned by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District on March 19, but when he returned March 21 he found its window had been broken, apparently by a rock.
• A Socorro man complained a semi-truck with “Romero’s Trucking” on the side lost a piece of wood that struck his car, causing damage to the hood and windshield. The semi was never found.
• A deputy assisted the Magdalena Marshal’s Office with a highly intoxicated Magdalena woman lying on the side of the road. Her parents had tried to get her into a vehicle when she started hitting them and pushing them. She was arrested and taken to the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A Luis Lopez woman reported her boyfriend hit her while she was holding their daughter. The couple took their other daughter to school, then the man was supposed to go to work when he drove onto I-25 heading north. The woman did not want to go with him and attempted to leave the vehicle. The man pulled over and got out, then hit the woman three more times. The man then returned to his home in Luis Lopez and the woman was able to go and report the incident. The man was found later in the day and arrested.
• A deputy responded to Calle Bonita regarding a burglary. He met with the victim, who said she was having problems with the ex-wife of her mother’s boyfriend. The victim arrived home to find her door locked, but she was able to push the door open. The door had pry marks on it, but nothing was missing from the house.
• A Las Cruces woman stopped for speeding on I-25 was found to have a suspended/revoked driver’s license. She was arrested and transported to SCDC.
• A deputy met with a Magdalena woman regarding her estranged husband. She said her last contact with him was March 18, and the last known contact he had with anyone else was on March 21 at his job, from which he had been fired. The man has a history of depression and alcoholism, and had left rehab a few days early. He had a pistol and two long guns with him. The deputy attempted to find the man at a bear trap, but was unable to locate him as of the time of the report.
• A deputy served an arrest warrant to a woman jailed at the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy served an arrest warrant to a man jailed at the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office discovered a valid warrant on an Albuquerque man. The man was transported to the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy was dispatched to state Highway 169 about 7:45 p.m. regarding a Magdalena man passed out on the side of the road. When the deputy met with the man and processed his information through the National Crime Information Center, he found the man had a valid warrant. The deputy arrested the man and transported him to SCDC.
• About 5:19 p.m. a deputy stopped a Los Lunas man for speeding on Interstate 25. The man was unable to provide a driver’s license. Another officer assisting smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. The driver was unable to pass a field sobriety test and was arrested, then taken to Socorro General Hospital for blood work. The driver took a breath test, with results of .000 and .000. He was released pending blood results, but ticketed for speeding and no driver’s license on demand.
• A deputy was dispatched to a traffic crash on I-25 about 12:30 a.m. The left rear tire had blown out, causing damage to the left side of the vehicle.
• A deputy was dispatched to a traffic crash on U.S. 380 about 1:17 a.m. The driver, a Los Lunas man, was driving too fast on a dirt road and flipped the vehicle one and a half times. Everyone in the vehicle was transported to Socorro General Hospital.
• A deputy saw three Valencia County Sheriff’s Department units pull into an address on Highway 304 in Veguita. The deputy advised the units they were in Socorro County. The Valencia County deputies said they were dispatched to a domestic in progress. The woman there said she had been pinched and kicked by her boyfriend. The deputy photographed her bruises. She was taken home, where her boyfriend was located. The deputy arrested the boyfriend and took him to SCDC, where he needed a medical clearance before he could be booked. The man was then taken to Socorro General Hospital for the medical clearance, then booked into jail.
• A deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle would not stop after midnight on Highway 304, but the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle instead maintained a high rate of speed and kept crossing the line on the roadway. When it finally did stop, the driver, a Belen man, got out and started running. The deputy caught the man and arrested him. The man was taken to Socorro General Hospital for bloodwork. He was medically cleared then booked into jail.
• A deputy dispatched to Veguita about 6:30 p.m. regarding a person peeling out in the complainant’s yard and driving fast. While on patrol, the deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description the complainant provided so he stopped the vehicle. The driver, a Belen man, had a valid bench warrant so he was arrested.
• A Luis Lopez man reported someone entered his camper sometime between March 30 and 31, stealing his guitar and guitar case. The guitar is valued at $1,000. There were no suspects as of the time of the report.
• A Socorro man reported someone was shooting and a round hit his trailer on North Chaparral Drive. The deputy saw a small, round hole in the trailer that did not go all the way through. There were no spent rounds on the ground in the area. A Socorro Police Department officer said two other men were shooting rounds earlier. The deputy met with the two men, who believed their shots would not travel as far as the man’s trailer.