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Loren Eric John, 30, Sheep Springs, NM

After striking another vehicle and leaving the scene of the accident, John was pointed out to Officer Justin Benally for driving away with no headlights on. Benally stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be showing signs of intoxication as well as having at least one open container of beer inside his vehicle. John was booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center April 24, on his second charge of driving while intoxicated among other multiple charges.

Charmaine Montoya, 25, Mentmore, NM

Montoya was charged with her first Driving While Intoxicated after she backed into a marked Gallup Police vehicle April 26. That same vehicle housed a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation. Montoya told the arresting Officer Charles Steele that she had brought her friend to the Gallup Indian Medical Center and fell asleep, she was awoken by a security guard and didn’t see the police car due to her contacts being dried out. After further investigation, Montoya admitted to drinking a few beers.

Latoya Mike, 30, Churchrock, NM

Mike was arrested and taken to jail after being called in as a possible drunk driver April 29 in the American Heritage parking lot. Officer Chanelle Preston observed the vehicle driving erratically through the parking lot and found Mike and her passengers to be intoxicated. Mike was booked into the jail for a DWI and suspended or revoked license.

Ronald D. Russell, 44, Chambers, Ariz.

Russell was spotted by Officer Harland Soseeah May 3 after an attempt to locate was given to officers due to his arguably reckless driving in the Patton Drive/Dairy Drive area of Gallup. One citizen complained that they were almost hit head on by his vehicle. Soseeah located Russell at a dead end trying to turn his vehicle around. After field sobriety tests, Russell was arrested. He blew a .24 on the breathalyzer test, putting him three times over the legal limit for driving. Russell was charged with Aggravated DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, and not driving on the right side of the road. This marks his third DWI arrest.