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WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Christopher Lee

May 3, 7:55 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Aaron Baldonado said he was dispatched to a motel on West Lincoln Avenue after the manager reported a domestic dispute.

He said he went to the room and found Lee with no clothes on. The room was trashed and the manager said he wanted Lee, 27, of Window Rock, and his girlfriend evicted from the room. The two gathered their belongings and went to their car and left.

They were stopped by another police officer after they had driven a short distance. Lee agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and failed as he became verbally aggressive when he was unable to follow directions, Baldonado said.

Lee later agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted two samples of .24.

He was released on his own recognizance by a judge.


Alicia House

April 26, 12:01 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar said he was dispatched to Mesa Venue in connection with a possible drunk driver. When he got to the area, he saw a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle and began following it.

He soon saw the car made a wide turn and did a traffic stop. As he talked to the driver - House, 28, of Window Rock - he said he could smell the odor of liquor being emitted from the vehicle.

Salazar said he noticed House was nervous and as she exited the vehicle, she appeared to be swaying and staggering.

She agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests but she had problems following his directions so she was arrested for DWI.

House agreed to take a breath alcohol test and after posting a sample of .21, Salazar said she became uncooperative and was transported to the county jail.

She was released on her own recognizance by a judge.


Garrick Chee

Feb. 22, 9:36 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Michael Eley said he was dispatched to the Burger King on U.S. Highway 491 due to a complaint of a possible drunk driver blocking the drive-thru lane.

When he got to restaurant, he saw a car stuck on the curb of the drive thru and watched the driver - Chee, 36, of Navajo, N.M. - try to get in unstuck by driving in reverse and then in forward.

Chee said he was coming from Window Rock when he got his car stuck. Eley said he could smell the odor of liquor being emitted from his person and asked if he had been drinking. He replied he had half a pint of vodka earlier in the day.

Chee agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and failed and was arrested for DWI. Eley said as Chee took his test, he noticed an open bottle of vodka on the passenger side floorboard. Chee then refused to give a breath alcohol test and was transported to the county jail.

He was released on his own recognizance by a judge.


Shannon L. James

Feb. 3, 12:50 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar said he was on regular patrol when he noticed a car in front of him take a long time at a stop sign. He decided to follow it and saw the driver drift over into another lane.

He did a traffic stop and talked to the driver - James, 59, of Gallup. After noticing the odor of liquor being admitted from her person, he asked her if she had been drinking. She admitted to having had two shooters and a beer earlier in the day.

She agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and was unable to follow instructions and was placed under arrest. Since her 14-year-old daughter was in the car, she was cited for abuse of a child as well.

A search of her vehicle came up with a glass pipe used in smoking narcotics so she was cited for that too.

She agreed to take a breath alcohol test but Salazar said she refused to follow instructions and no breath sample was provided.

She posted a $2,500.00 cash or surety bond.


Darryl Bluehouse

Feb. 1, 10:37 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Timothy Hughte said he was dispatched to the Comfort Inn on West Maloney after a clerk there said she saw a car drive up but no one exited the vehicle.

She called in the complaint 30 minutes later.

Hughte said he went up to the driver’s side door and saw Bluehouse, 53, of Window Rock, slumped over the steering wheel. He said when he woke Bluehouse up, he seemed confused and looked around, trying to figure out where he was. He also showed signs of being intoxicated.

He said he had come from Applebee’s where he had two big beers. He also said he was waiting for a friend.

He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and when he failed, he was arrested for DWI. He later took a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .16 and .15.

He was released on his own recognizance by a judge.