Sheriff was 'too cold' to take sobriety test

He said he was too cold to take a sobriety test. But state police said a Guadalupe County Sheriff was too drunk to pass. Full Story
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Golfnutatmilehig h

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Dec 22, 2008
Another New Mexico GEM! why doesn't someone check into this department? I understand they have no certified officers. Also, there are a lot of other problems the Sheriff and the department have hidden. How can Guadalupe County just sneek under the RADAR?

“NM Desert Rat”

Since: Mar 08

Elephant Butte, N.M.

#2 Dec 22, 2008
Poor Baby. What a work of art. Is there any movement to throw this scum out of office?

“cowards die many deaths ”

Since: Dec 08

Taos NM

#3 Dec 22, 2008
He should have said, " IT was cough medicine, and I have AIDS"
NM Law

Tularosa, NM

#4 Dec 22, 2008
NM, if you're serious about DWI then get rid of the little bottles of high proof alcohol at the convenience shops and drug stores. Otherwise, MADD, the State Police, the Gov, and the NMDOT, shut the hell up here.
Name with held

Rio Rancho, NM

#5 Dec 22, 2008
thanks for making up another loophole for another drunk to get off with. Being its to cold to take the tests.
Blamer

Santa Fe, NM

#6 Dec 22, 2008
NM Law wrote:
NM, if you're serious about DWI then get rid of the little bottles of high proof alcohol at the convenience shops and drug stores. Otherwise, MADD, the State Police, the Gov, and the NMDOT, shut the hell up here.
NM Law (from AZ)-- Those little bottles cause DWI's like pencils cause miss-spelled words.
Kasi

Cedar Crest, NM

#7 Dec 22, 2008
He was to cold? most poeple in NM drink alcohol to keep warm. As I have been saying for the last couple of years, Their are a lot (not all) of bad law enforcement here in the state of New Mexico, they are just starting to show their ture colors now.
WHY

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Dec 22, 2008
Maybe they should have pulled his pants down to see how cold it really was!
wake up

United States

#9 Dec 22, 2008
This is sad for the citizens of Guadalupe County and Law Enforcement in general. When Robert Chavez ran for Sheriff the first time he narrowly won his election which most of his opponents had more experience than him with one opponent being a Santa Rosa native that came back with experience from a large Sheriff’s Department which he held the title of Sgt. And detective . When he ran for s second time he narrowly won again with one of his opponents having 20+ years of experience backing him being a Lieutenant with the Motor transportation division, under Sheriff and Magistrate Judge. The other opponent had fewer years but would have made a good Sheriff also that would have brought much needed integrity back to the Sheriff’s office. But once again the citizens of Guadalupe County still elect people on the good old boy system. Citizens please wake up we have had many Certified Police Officers and Deputies leave Santa Rosa but the politics makes them leave. Public safety should be a top priority but it’s not. As for the County Manager you need to take some type of training in speaking to the public because of the job title you may have to talk in front of a news camera.
xyz

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Dec 22, 2008
So now the one(who just got back from Iraq) who lost his leg because of his nephew gets his revenge. Or is it Gods will. What an UGLY family. You decide.
spider monkey

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Dec 22, 2008
wake up wrote:
This is sad for the citizens of Guadalupe County and Law Enforcement in general. When Robert Chavez ran for Sheriff the first time he narrowly won his election which most of his opponents had more experience than him with one opponent being a Santa Rosa native that came back with experience from a large Sheriff’s Department which he held the title of Sgt. And detective . When he ran for s second time he narrowly won again with one of his opponents having 20+ years of experience backing him being a Lieutenant with the Motor transportation division, under Sheriff and Magistrate Judge. The other opponent had fewer years but would have made a good Sheriff also that would have brought much needed integrity back to the Sheriff’s office. But once again the citizens of Guadalupe County still elect people on the good old boy system. Citizens please wake up we have had many Certified Police Officers and Deputies leave Santa Rosa but the politics makes them leave. Public safety should be a top priority but it’s not. As for the County Manager you need to take some type of training in speaking to the public because of the job title you may have to talk in front of a news camera.
now lets see how long it takes the locals to blame state police for them not having a sheriff in the county. the good old boy club will be upset for them doing their jobs agian. your right on that they have had better qualified candidates for sheriff in the past but agian its all in who you know that makes it work for them. so when one of the locals gets in some deep you know what ,the reports go unfiled or just lost,misplaced,forgotten even ignored. only to save the votes for the next election.then the locals get mad if state police follows up and presses for justice to be done.and thats what needs to happen if nobody does anything. so lets hope some of those who voted for him will remember how smart a move they made,in the good old boy way of thinking.
eenie

Levelland, TX

#12 Dec 22, 2008
if it had been summer, he would have said he was too hot.
GOOD GRIEF

AOL

#13 Dec 22, 2008
I'm sure with all the lame excuses cops hear from the drunks they pull over "It was to cold to take a sobriety test" has to be one of the most ridiculous & laughable excuses for refusing to take a sobriety test.
CallousOneToo

Cedar Crest, NM

#14 Dec 23, 2008
NM Law wrote:
NM, if you're serious about DWI then get rid of the little bottles of high proof alcohol at the convenience shops and drug stores. Otherwise, MADD, the State Police, the Gov, and the NMDOT, shut the hell up here.
So the big bottles of booze have less alcohol per serving? Is that what you're saying?
anthonyssss

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Dec 23, 2008
He is guilty as all hell, just like the Santa Fe lawyer who did the hit and run. They think they are above the law and their lies are transparent. This sheriff should be kicked off the force and the lawyer should go to prison but they will probably not, thanks to lawyers(liars).
CallousOneToo

Cedar Crest, NM

#16 Dec 23, 2008
Too drunk? Maybe a little bit exercise out there on yellow line in the middle of nowhere could have warmed him up?

"Left, right, left - right - left. Now touch your nose. Hop on one foot and spin around."
Sam

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Dec 23, 2008
Lol! Like we never heard that excuse before....the proper response is/was/should have been; DO IT ANYWAYS! amazing...

Since: Dec 08

Rio Rancho

#18 Dec 23, 2008
Once again hats off to the state police officer for not backing down nor agreeing with the drunk.
GOOD GRIEF

AOL

#19 Dec 23, 2008
The article on K*R*Q*E has more facts & a description of how Chavez was dressed makes one shake their head & wonder if he wasn't drunk when he left his house for a night of a party hearty reveler. He obviously thought it was summer. The person calling the cops saw Chavez leave the bar he was drinking at inebriated & alerted them. Chavez blew through a stop sign & sped home, cops in pursuit, where he was finally aprehended. Chavez, who was clothed in a t-shirt & shorts, complained he was to cold to take a sobriety test. One of the cops gave him his jacket & let him warm up in the police car before taking the test. Chavez refused to take the breathalyzer test. When contacted the City Manager said they would have to review the case before making a decision on how to handle the incident because Chavez was in his own truck & not an official police car.

Speaking of drunk cops in their own trucks, whatever became of the case where the Albuquerque cop left a gay bar drunk, ran over a woman killing her (caught on tape) & went home? Is he still on paid leave?
jwt

Fort Sumner, NM

#20 Dec 23, 2008
Get rid of the bum.

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