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Monroe McCray

July 19, 11:14 am

Aggravated DWI (first offense)

Gallup Patrolman Julio Yazzie was dispatched to Love’s Truck Stop, 3380 W. Hwy. 66, in reference to a reckless driver.

When Yazzie arrived, he was advised the vehicle in question, a white Jeep Cherokee with temporary license plates, was seen leaving the business heading east on Highway 66.

Yazzie eventually caught up with the vehicle east of Virgie’s Restaurant and pulled the vehicle over at Badlands Grill, 2201 W. Hwy. 66, where he conducted the traffic stop.

The rear passenger in the vehicle said they were being transported to the hospital by the driver, Monroe McCray, 39, of Mentmore. Yazzie noted McCray had bloodshot watery eyes as he stepped out of the vehicle and then staggered as he walked.

Yazzie issued the standard field sobriety test, but McCray was not able to keep his head still while doing the test. McCray then was unable to follow the walk and turn portion of the test, saying his ACL was hurt and explained his staggering.

McCray then admitted he drank two beers about three hours prior to the stop, and told Yazzie to just take him in. McCray consented to the breath test and was taken to the New Mexico State Police building, where he posted samples of .29 and .27.

McCray was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking.