More charges likely in DWI case

More charges likely in DWI case

There are 23 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jul 10, 2010, titled More charges likely in DWI case. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The Las Cruces man police say was drunk when he drove into two pedestrians - fatally injuring one and critically injuring the other - is expected to face at least two criminal charges before a grand jury: homicide and great bodily injury by vehicle while intoxicated.

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“Krucezoutlaw strikes again”

Since: Jun 10

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#1 Jul 11, 2010
What a shame another death because of another convicted drunk on the road!! I say an eye for an eye! To bad you can get away with murder,and multiple dui's in the state of new mexico! Get a slap on the wrist and go back out and do it again! What a joke!! Bring back the Death Penalty New Mexico!
Serious time

Socorro, NM

#2 Jul 11, 2010
He needs a good number of years in prison making license plates, a place where he can't drink.
chldy

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jul 11, 2010
Where was the DUI compliance with this guy!
jose

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jul 11, 2010
chldy wrote:
Where was the DUI compliance with this guy!
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Probably a friend/relative of the corrupt judicial system that is broke and needs fixing.The most he will get is a pat on the back and a be careful next time..
Jamie

Elgin, AZ

#5 Jul 11, 2010
His picture looks like he could be a nice guy. This is what drinking till your drunk does to another life and then it takes your own.
Tired of it all

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Jul 11, 2010
Bet if you check court records he signed a wavier stating he had no access to a vehicle and got away with not having to have an interlock system.
Aggie51

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jul 11, 2010
I bet the places where he was drinking are freaking out right about now.
NEDNREADER

Rio Rancho, NM

#8 Jul 11, 2010
Jamie wrote:
His picture looks like he could be a nice guy. This is what drinking till your drunk does to another life and then it takes your own.
Jamie, you are right on point with your response. DUI laws in NM are tough enough; the problem lies with our corrupt prosecutors and judges. People who are connected always walk. This young man might have been helped if he had been given a more harsh penalty and help sooner. The courts are culpable in this tragedy.

“Live Free or Die Trying”

Since: Feb 09

Las Cruces

#10 Jul 11, 2010
Maybe the state should start issuing special ID's to convicted drunk drivers, and then require all establishments that sell alcohol to 100% check ID's before selling to anyone.If someone is caught providing alcohol to anyone not allowed to by it themselves, then make them suffer the same consequences as if they were convicted of drunk driving. If someone with a DUI conviction is caught driving drunk again, confiscate the car and sell it to finance DUI enforcement, no matter who owns the car. That should be a pretty good incentive to stop people from letting drunks borrow their vehicles. If the vehicle is still owned by a finance company, then they can go after the drunk to pay off the loan. Maybe that will slow some of them down a bit, and make our highways safer.
A Concerned Citizen

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jul 11, 2010
lcirishman wrote:
Maybe the state should start issuing special ID's to convicted drunk drivers, and then require all establishments that sell alcohol to 100% check ID's before selling to anyone.If someone is caught providing alcohol to anyone not allowed to by it themselves, then make them suffer the same consequences as if they were convicted of drunk driving. If someone with a DUI conviction is caught driving drunk again, confiscate the car and sell it to finance DUI enforcement, no matter who owns the car. That should be a pretty good incentive to stop people from letting drunks borrow their vehicles. If the vehicle is still owned by a finance company, then they can go after the drunk to pay off the loan. Maybe that will slow some of them down a bit, and make our highways safer.
What a novel idea..but I like it and agree with the author..getting a DUI/DWI type of license could go a long ways in helping to clean up this mess in New Mexico..
Entity

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jul 11, 2010
krucez wrote:
What a shame another death because of another convicted drunk on the road!! I say an eye for an eye! To bad you can get away with murder,and multiple dui's in the state of new mexico! Get a slap on the wrist and go back out and do it again! What a joke!! Bring back the Death Penalty New Mexico!
It is a shame. I don't know what the difference between a "convicted drunk" and a "drunk driver" is anymore but I know it's not the death penalty. The problem lies in how thin a line there is separating punishment and rehabilitation. You can't just put people to death because their lives are out of whack. You can't pretend everyone at the club came with a designated driver. And you can't pretend a fine or that being thrown in a lion's den without your 'self-medication rituals' will help you when you get released from behind bars into what is after all, the same jungle on the outside. Politics slow down the evolution of mankind, I swear it does.
POC

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Jul 11, 2010
I think the individuals who got him off the previous times should be prosecuted as well, had he gotten help the 1st time he probaly wouldnt be in this situation, but being connected in this town with the right people can set you free from almost anything! Bottom line is the system needs to set an example with this individual regardless who he is and who he knows!!!!!!!
wtf

Farmington, NM

#14 Jul 11, 2010
Savages!
Angel

United States

#15 Jul 11, 2010
My heart goes out to the victims and their families. What will Antonia's life be like when she finds out her fiancee is dead? My heart goes out to her too and I hope she will be okay. No matter what happens to this drunk driver in the so called legal system, he has reserved seats waiting for him in hell where he is going someday. Burn Tomlin, you deserve it you creep!
Reece Carson

Cordova, TN

#16 Jul 11, 2010
Well, the future of 26-year-old Nicholas James Tomlin,who was allegedly drunk and required by law to be driving with an ignition interlock device, due to a prior DWI conviction, is dimming quickly.

With 24 car crashes in 2010 involving pedestrians in Las Cruces, it is time to make Tomlin the poster boy of maiming and killing while driving drunk.

At the same time, Las Cruces and Dona Ana County have a very high paid (six-figure) official who was guilty of DWI in El Paso last October and is also a great candidate of a poster of how not to conduct public business.

MVEDA President and CEO Davin Lopez. 40, rammed his BMW into an innocent girl at in intersection during the wee hours after a night of carousing and drinking.

We will know and will read about Mr. Tomlin's court case and punishment.
The lame MVEDA board and the Las Cruces Sun-News continues to stonewall the fact Davin was sentenced to jail time in El Paso County last month, fined, put on probation and embarassed our city and county to the world.

The questions remain unanswered: How much money did MVEDA pay the El Paso victim and her family to settle? How badly was she hurt and what are her rehabilitation costs?
What is Davin's punishment and why is he still drawing a salary of more than $100,000 of public money?
Why does the MVEDA board think it OK to hide this injustice? Why does Davin continue to drink publically in Las Cruces, at Dona Ana County locations and in El Paso?
Why was this fool not fired immediately after the El Paso Times initially reported the news in October, 2009?

This Tomlin case should be the start of a public uproar over the MVEDA stonewalling of a similar incident with highly questionable morals, ethics and values. Does the MVEDA board think because there was no death in Davin's drunken escapade, then its OK to sweep it behind the doors of his lush office?

We in the private sector contribute to MVEDA expecting a professional operation, respect and results. We have none of the first two and scant numbers for the latter.
With his MBA degree from Yale, Lopez should be able to calculate how much his new minuses are overshadowing his diminishing pluses.
If the MVEDA board believes it to be so arrogant it is not responsible to the public on this Lopez outrage, then we will initiate an economic message back that will get results...one way or the other.
bellies

United States

#17 Jul 12, 2010
The death penalty? Oh please! Have you forgotten that the pedestrains where drunk as well and NOT paying attetion to the don't walk symbol? My heart goes out to the victims, it really does. But don't forget both parties were at fault here! 5omlin was NOT required to drive with an interlock, it was removed from his vehicle. You can't just pull an interlock out of your car! It has to be removed by the place who installed it, with a court order, mind you! Now do I think it should've of been removed? Absolutely not, especially if he was drunk! Both parties would be alive and well if it hadn't! You act as if Tomlin ran over a mother and child going sixty down university! He didn't, he hit two pedestrians who weren't abiding the law either. Also, his bac level hasn't even been disclosed yet. So no one knows if he was drunk! Yes, he mightve failed a field sobriety test, but id like to see any of you act completely "sober" after hitting two pedstrians! Impossible? No. But there is a chance he was in shock and shaken up after the fact! So before you all start acting all high and mighty and damning him to hell, suggesting he kill himself or rot in prison...look at the facts! And remember, it could've been any one of you who hit a pedestrian who was jay walking, sober or not. I bet all of you would be singing a different tune. I feel for the victims but I also feel for nicholas. This all could've been prevented if he would've had a harsher punishment for the first dui, and if the pedestrians would've been paying attention. God forbid any of you ever make a mistake!

“Krucezoutlaw strikes again”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#18 Jul 12, 2010
bellies wrote:
The death penalty? Oh please! Have you forgotten that the pedestrains where drunk as well and NOT paying attetion to the don't walk symbol? My heart goes out to the victims, it really does. But don't forget both parties were at fault here! 5omlin was NOT required to drive with an interlock, it was removed from his vehicle. You can't just pull an interlock out of your car! It has to be removed by the place who installed it, with a court order, mind you! Now do I think it should've of been removed? Absolutely not, especially if he was drunk! Both parties would be alive and well if it hadn't! You act as if Tomlin ran over a mother and child going sixty down university! He didn't, he hit two pedestrians who weren't abiding the law either. Also, his bac level hasn't even been disclosed yet. So no one knows if he was drunk! Yes, he mightve failed a field sobriety test, but id like to see any of you act completely "sober" after hitting two pedstrians! Impossible? No. But there is a chance he was in shock and shaken up after the fact! So before you all start acting all high and mighty and damning him to hell, suggesting he kill himself or rot in prison...look at the facts! And remember, it could've been any one of you who hit a pedestrian who was jay walking, sober or not. I bet all of you would be singing a different tune. I feel for the victims but I also feel for nicholas. This all could've been prevented if he would've had a harsher punishment for the first dui, and if the pedestrians would've been paying attention. God forbid any of you ever make a mistake!
Take A Life,Lose Yours! An Eye For An Eye!! THE END.
bellies

United States

#19 Jul 12, 2010
krucez wrote:
<quoted text> Take A Life,Lose Yours! An Eye For An Eye!! THE END.
How ignorant
asdflkj

Las Cruces, NM

#20 Jul 12, 2010
Krucez you are exactly the reason I'm so embarrassed about typical Americans. Thank god you have 0 authority other than to post stupid comments on the sun news.
lol

Huntsville, AL

#22 Jul 13, 2010
krucez wrote:
<quoted text> Take A Life,Lose Yours! An Eye For An Eye!! THE END.
while were at it, why don't we take your life? i'm sure you wouldn't mind giving it up, you know, for the cause...

but seriously, i'm glad our justice system (in spite of its flaws) isn't run by people like you.

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