Earlier than daybreak in the future final summer time, a Santa Fe police officer conducting a visitors cease on Airport Street heard an engine revving loudly. The officer appeared over and noticed a truck driving in circles in a cellular residence park, based on the officer’s assertion in a report.
The officer arrested Rosario Flores-Mendoza, forty, on June three, 2016, and booked him in jail on DWI expenses.
Precisely a yr later, Flores-Mendoza was arrested once more on suspicion of driving drunk. These weren’t his solely DWI expenses.
A Santa Fe County grand jury final week indicted Flores-Mendoza on at the least his eighth DWI offense. It was considered one of 4 indictments towards repeat DWI offenders in a victory for First Judicial District Lawyer Marco Serna, who campaigned final yr on a vow to clamp down on consuming and driving in a area recognized for having one of many highest charges of crashes brought on by the crime.
A evaluation of the 4 instances illustrates the problem of that process in a legal justice system through which repeat offenders typically bounce between county Justice of the Peace Courts and state District Courts, out and in of jail, solely to seek out themselves dealing with yet one more DWI cost.
Courtroom data don’t clarify why Flores-Mendoza was launched from jail following his 2016 arrest.
Santa Fe County Justice of the Peace Donita Sena had ordered Flores-Mendoza’s launch on a $6,500 secured bond. In her launch order, Sena famous that Flores-Mendoza had a legal historical past and was “not more likely to seem or comply.”
In line with courtroom data, Flores-Mendoza failed to seem at his arraignment days later.
He was indicted in January on one felony rely of aggravated DWI associated to final yr’s arrest, transferring the case from the Santa Fe County Justice of the Peace Courtroom to the state District Courtroom in Santa Fe.
He once more failed to seem at a February listening to within the case, in response to courtroom data. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Flores-Mendoza has not been launched from jail since his June three arrest on a separate DWI cost. Final week’s grand jury indictment additionally expenses him with tampering with proof and driving whereas his license was revoked.
The grand jury additionally returned an indictment towards Tammy A. Maes, forty six, of Española on one felony cost of DWI, her seventh offense, and driving with a revoked license for a June 29 incident.
In a movement filed June…