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The legal limit is .08

Jovanna Bitah

Nov. 6, 11:53 pm

1st DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnson Lee was responding to a call from Metro Dispatch about two women in a vehicle allegedly damaging another vehicle with a hammer when he stopped Bitah, 34, on State Highway 602. Lee confirmed the license plate from the call as a match for Bitah’s. He noticed a “strong odor” of alcohol inside the car, according to the police report.

Lee placed Bitah under arrest after she failed two field sobriety tests. Lee then found several open bottles of Fireball in the car. Bitah was given a breath test back at the MCSO, where she blew a 0.16 and a 0.15.

Julius Johnson Hot

Nov. 5, 6:42 pm

1st DWI, Aggravated

MCSO Deputy Lorenzo A. Guerrero was on patrol when he saw Hot’s vehicle swerve off the road and then swerve back three times. Guerrero then made a traffic stop at the entrance of Red Rock Park and Highway 566.

Hot refused a breath test but appeared intoxicated, according to the police report. Hot later consented to the breath test at the MCSO and showed 0.19 g/210L.

Ryan Thompson

Nov. 4, 10:16 pm

4th DWI, Aggravated

MCSO Deputy Brandon Salazar pulled over a vehicle going 62 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on U.S. 491. As he approached, he saw that the vehicle was shaking and passengers were adjusting themselves in their seats, according to the police report. One passenger told Salazar that Thompson, 30, was the one driving and had made her switch places with him. Thompson has three prior convictions for DWI.

Thompson was “noticeably intoxicated, and his speech was slurred,” according to the report, and he refused to take field tests or a breath test at the scene.

Jamilynn Denise Carviso

Nov. 3, 10:10 pm


MCSO Sgt. Elreno Henio was parked on State Highway 602 when he saw Carviso driving with a broken tail lamp in a car that was “emitting white light,” according to the police report.  Henio gave chase before stopping Carviso, who had “slurred speech and red blood shot eyes,” according to the Henio.

Officer Garret Thomas arrested Carviso after Henio administered a field sobriety test.

Gabriel Lee Johnson

Oct. 23, 6:25 pm

1st DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department officers were dispatched to Arnold Street and Aztec Avenue after learning of an accident caused by a “highly intoxicated” driver, according to the police report. At the scene, GPD Officer Harland Soseeah approached driver Johnson, who allegedly told the officer “shhh” and stated that he was drunk.

Johnson refused all testing at the scene. Johnson was then arrested, given medical clearance, and booked at McKinley County Adult Detention Center for Aggravated DWI.

Bridgette Goseyun

Oct. 14, 2:16 am

DWI, Aggravated

GPD Officer Steven Eldridge was on the corner of Second Street and Green Avenue when he received a call from Metro about a reckless driver. Eldridge stopped driver Goseyun at 308 West Green Ave. and smelled alcohol in her vehicle, according to the police report.

Eldridge administered four field tests, and Goseyun showed signs of intoxication during each test.

Gerard R. John

Oct. 11, 9:54 pm

1st DWI

GPD Officer Eldridge was driving southbound passing Third Street Tavern when he noticed a car heading the same direction without its headlights on. After making a traffic stop, Eldridge smelled alcohol in John’s car and noticed a small empty bottle of liquor, according to the police report. GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki responded to Eldridge’s stop and confirmed his observations that John appeared to be intoxicated.

John failed to complete a field test before Eldridge placed him under arrest, and John refused additional testing after.