Featured DWI

Owen Barbone

Sept. 2, 6:49 pm

Aggravated DWI (Third)

A Smith Lake man, Owen Barbone, 32, was pulled over for a license plate matter and ended up charged with his third DWI.

McKinley County Deputy Brandon Salazar pulled over a silver GMC Yukon near the intersection of Ollieve and Third Avenue in Thoreau. The Yukon displayed the incorrect license plate that Metro Dispatch advised belonged to a 1978 Ford.

Salazar met the driver, Barbone, who did not provide his driver’s license and proper documentation for the vehicle. Barone showed signs of intoxication as he spoke to Salazar, which the report detailed as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelling of alcohol.

After exiting the vehicle at Salazar’s command, Barbone was asked if he would perform the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. However, Barbone repeatedly avoided Salazar’s questions and asked if he would receive an aggravated charge if he declined. Barbone was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.

A passenger inside the vehicle was released and allowed to walk to their nearby residence. Salazar searched the vehicle and found two 24-oz. cans of an unspecified alcoholic beverage.

Barbone agreed to provide a breath sample and was transported to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for the breath test. He posted samples of .20 and .21 before being transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (third), driving with a suspended license, improper display of license plate, and no proof of insurance.

His pre-trial hearing is set for Oct. 5.

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