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Ryan J. Spencer

10/17, 11:10 pm

Aggra­vated DWI

Spencer fled the scene of an accident, according to Gallup Police Department Officer Chee Khaera’s report. When police caught up with Spencer and asked for identification, he handed the officer a debit card. Spencer, 25, had to balance himself on the vehicle when exiting to take field sobriety tests, which he later failed.  He refused to take the two required breath tests to determine breath alcohol content, saying “It doesn’t matter I am gonna suicide anyway,” the report stated.

Larry Livingston

10/13, 4:36 pm

Aggravated 4th DWI

GPD Officer Valerie Wilson responded to hit and run accident at 215 Arnold Street where she met with the victim. The victim said the accident occurred when he was heading west on Aztec. As he made the merge from New Mexico Highway 602 onto Aztec, Livingston failed to yield and struck his vehicle. Livingston admitted to drinking two beers, and reeked of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. Livingston, 46, refused to take a breath test and was arrested for fourth DWI among other charges.

Lisa Nelson

10/10, 12:56 pm

DWI – alcohol/drugs

Nelson not only hit a vehicle heading out of the Shop and Save store on Aztec, she backed up and drove off from the accident to her reported residence on 606 Stagecoach Dr. The driver caught up with her and waited outside the house for police to arrive. She came outside and according to the police report, she admitted to GPD Officer Andrea Tsosie that “Yeah, it was me and I did it.” Nelson, 50, failed the field sobriety tests and later blew a BAC of .29 and .30.

Marklin M. Yazzie, Jr.

10/10, 12:32 am

Aggravated DWI

GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman was responding to a domestic dispute call at 733 Kevin Dr. when he noticed Yazzie pull into the driveway of the residence. Hoffman could smell alcohol wafting from the vehicle and Yazzie. He also discovered that Yazzie had a warrant for his arrest for a traffic violation.

Yazzie, 26, refused to take the field sobriety and breath tests, which earned him his first aggravated DWI. He was also cited for having three open containers in his vehicle.

Tawny Denetclaw

10/2, 1:23 am

3rd DWI, Aggravated

Denet­claw’s night out at a local bar, then getting into an accident on the way home, and making the poor decision to leave her children, ages 8 and 11, at home alone, landed her in jail.  She admitted, according to GPD Officer Chad Troncoso’s report, to drinking a six-pack of Bud Light. Denetclaw, 33, blew a .17 BAC twice during the breath test and was also charged with two counts of child abandonment.

Jonas Clinton

10/3, 10:18 am

Aggravated DWI

Clinton was tightlipped when approached by GPD Officer Carmelita James about the accident he was involved in with his two children, according to the officer’s report. Witnesses filled her in though. Clinton had hit a light pole and walked to Golden Corral with his two children.

His nose was bleeding along with his son’s. He refused medical care, and to divulge information on his children, and to take standard field sobriety tests. James found two open containers in the backseat. Clinton, 37, was arrested for an aggravated DWI, and also charged with two counts of child abuse, open container, and no driver license.

Michael Yazzie

10/3, 2:51 pm

4th DWI, Aggravated

Yazzie parked his vehicle on the Allison Road railroad tracks. According to Officer Charles Steele’s report, EMTs with Medstar Ambulance pulled Yazzie, 37, from his car as a train was heading his way. Yazzie tried to escape by foot, but was caught. The train was on the south tracks heading west and missed Yazzie’s vehicle sitting on the tracks to the north. He took the field sobriety tests, but refused to take the breath tests.

Silance Logan Golden

10/3, 8:03 am

2nd DWI, Aggravated

GPD Officer James was dispatched to respond to a fender bender at Maloney Avenue and U.S. Route 491. A witness pointed to Golden, 35, as being intoxicated. Golden was cooperative and told James that he had a firearm in his vehicle. He took the field sobriety tests, which he struggled with, and was arrested for his second DWI. He blew a BAC of .22 and .20, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Alexander John

10/2, 7:11 pm

7th DWI

John was reportedly driving recklessly through town with a car full of other inebriated individuals when GPD Officer Steven Peshlakai caught up with the Ford Mustang that John, 46, was driving. He attempted to walk away from the vehicle and even denied that he was the driver. John, who was driving with a revoked license, also refused to engage in field sobriety tests.

However, he did agree to give a blood sample to determine his BAC. GPD Sgt. Rosanne Kavzlarich said it takes about one month for the department to receive the test results.

Cain Trevor Thomas

9/21, 10:25 pm


GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona was conducting seatbelt enforcement at the intersection of Maloney Avenue and U.S. Route 491 when Thomas drove up. The passenger rolled down the window of the van and Gaona could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle. He noted that there was an open Bud Light in the center console, which the passenger claimed.

Gaona later found other cans of beer and a “Fireball” alcoholic beverage in the van. Thomas, 18, blew a BAC of .15, twice.

Manuel Garcia

9/19, 9:26 pm

Aggravated DWI

Garcia alerted GPD Officer Matthew Ashley due to his erratic driving, according to the report. He was cooperative in taking the field sobriety tests, although he struggled. Garcia even requested to take a portable breath test, which Ashley administered.

His breath test result was a .19. Garcia was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance but refused any further testing, earning him an Aggravated DWI charge.

* In New Mexico, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you’re 21 or over, or .02 if you’re under 21, or .04 if you drive a commercial vehicle. You can be convicted of DWI even if the breath or blood test is below the legal limit if it is proven that your ability to drive was impaired to the slightest degree by drugs or alcohol. – MVD New Mexico