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Oct. 17, 10:10 pm

Aggravated DWI, Leaving the scene of an accident

Gallup Patrolman Domenic Molina said he was dispatched to the area of Fifth Avenue and Mesa Avenue in connection with a vehicle accident.

When he got there, he found a Dodge Avenger crashed into a tree. The car sustained heavy damage. He said he could also smell the odor of liquor coming from inside the vehicle.

A witness said a woman had gotten out of the vehicle with a small child. The two reportedly began walking west, away from the accident.

The woman and child were found not too far from the scene. The woman was identified as Nicole Chiquito, 33, of Gallup. She had her three year old daughter with her. The two were brought back to the scene of the accident.

Since there was no car seat in the vehicle, medics were called to check out the child. Molina said Chiquito at first refused to let medics examine her, but after a brief argument, granted permission. Molina said since she showed signs of being intoxicated, he asked her to do the standard field sobriety tests and she agreed. But when he asked her to walk to his police unit to take the tests, she refused, giving no answer about why, and then admitting she was too drunk. She became argumentative.

Molina placed her in handcuffs and walked her to the back of the police unit. She agreed to be tested at 10:24 pm, and took the test at 11:15 pm. The results for the first test were 0.16. But an error with the machine resulted in another test at 11:38 pm. The results were 0.15 and 0.14.

He then transported her to the Gallup Indian Medical Center and after being cleared, she was taken to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked on DWI. She was also charged with a number of other violations including having no child restraint seat, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended or revoked license, lack of vehicle insurance and failure to stop or yield at an interscetion.

The report did not say who was called to take care of the child.



Sept. 21, 1:39 pm

Aggravated DWI (Second offense)

Gallup Patrolman Adrian Quetwaki said he was dispatched to the parking lot of Applebee’s Bar and Grill on Maloney Avenue. When he got to the scene, he found another officer talking to Travis White, 36, of Ganado, Ariz.

The other officer said he found White asleep in his car.

Restaurant employees told Quetwaki that White had come into the bar asking to be served, but his request was denied because he appeared to be drunk. When he was told to return to his car, he went outside and fell asleep on a trash can near the entrance.  An employee then called police.

White said he had two cans of beer about five hours earlier. When asked if he drove to the restaurant, he said no, his brother drove him there, but then could not explain how his brother got home.

He was then asked about the keys to his vehicle and said they were in the car. Seconds later, Quetwaki said he saw White take the keys out of his pocket and throw them on the seat of his car. He then denied that he had done that.

He refused to take either the standard field sobriety tests or a breath alcohol test. He was placed into custody and transported to the McKinley County Detention Center where he was booked for his second DUI, no driver’s license and limitation of backing.