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Gallup Council OKs DWI 2nd, 3rd ruling

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The Gallup City Council unanimously passed an ordinance at its Feb. 14 regular meeting that deals with subsequent driving while intoxicated offenses and the passing of such offenses to municipal court.

City Attorney George Kozeliski introduced the mater to council members which went over with little discussion.



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The legal limit is .08

Larrack Begay

Feb. 20, 1:30 am

5th DWI, Aggravated

Begay was pulled over near the Motel 6 on West Hwy 66 for driving without headlights on. MCSO Deputy Arnold Noriega could smell booze coming from the interior of the vehicle.

According to the report, Noriega asked Begay how much he had to drink, in which he replied, “too much.”

When asked whether he wanted to take the field sobriety tests, Begay responded: “just take me to jail.”

Noriega noted in the report that he had to place a spit mask on Begay as he became combative and began to spit, kick and yell. He even reportedly kicked another deputy in the arm.

He blew a .21 and .20 during the...

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Oscar Moreno, 30, was detained by Fire Rock Security after attempting to pass a fake bill. The $100 note recovered by security officer James Tsosie was given to McKinely County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold Noriega.

Moreno was booked into the McKinley County Detention Center and charged. During booking it was discovered that Moreno was in possession of an altered identification, not his own. Additional charges were added.


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Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat was dispatched to Don Diego’s in reference to a suspicious male skulking about vehicles. Witnesses gave Blackgoat a...

Female found dead near East Aztec Ave ID’d

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The body of a Native American woman found dead Feb. 9 has been identified.

Spokeswoman Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said Jevita Johnson, 33, of Gallup may be the victim of foul play, but it’s too early to call it a homicide.

“The Office of the Medical Investigator has not determined the cause of death,” she said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby discovered the deceased woman at about 10:50 am. The location of the body was found east of the arroyo near Gallup’s Social Security Building along East Aztec Avenue.

The open-area dead body discovery comes about one week after the body of Darrell Barney, 59, was found on...


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The legal limit is .08

Jacinda S. Saunders

Jan. 22, 2:21 am


One of the first things that Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer noticed when he approached Saunders vehicle was the open container of Corona sitting in the center console of her Pontiac G6.

He had pulled her over on east Hwy 66 for swerving into the bike lane and swerving into driving lanes without using her turn signal. She showcased the classic signs of intoxication – bloodshot, water eyes and the strong smell of booze wafting from the vehicle.

Saunders, 26, failed field sobriety tests and blew a .15, twice, during the breath tests.

James A. Day

Jan. 22, 6:46 pm

Aggravated DWI

Day caught...

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