DWI suspect gets himself caught

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A 20-year-old is accused of driving drunk, crashing and leaving the scene, but deputies didn’t have any trouble catching him.

That’s because he drove back to the scene in another car.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a crash Saturday just after 4 p.m. near Cedar Road and Southfork in Santa Fe.

Deputies said the driver of a silver SUV crossed over the center line and crashed through barbed wire fence on the side of the road.

A man at the scene told deputies the driver was his son, 20-year-old Melecio Gallegos.

His son was drunk, he said.

As he explained, everyone at the scene watched as Gallegos drove up to the crash scene in another car.

“Hey, what’s going on, man? How are you doing?” the deputy asked Gallegos.

Gallegos said the rain caused him to crash and denied drinking.

Deputy: Do you have any problems walking, standing or turning?

Gallegos: No.

Deputy: No, you’re good? You’re healthy?

Gallegos: No, but I walked all the way to my house, and I actually booked it pretty faster than what you guys did actually.

Deputy: (Laughs) Yeah, you’re a pretty fast guy.

He didn’t seem to be quick on his feet when it came time for field sobriety tests, struggling to walk in a straight line and then stand on one leg.

Gallegos refused a breathalyzer.

Deputy: You’re under arrest for DWI, OK?

Gallegos: I came over here in my other car.

Deputy: Uh huh, I know. I saw you drive the other car over here, too.

Gallegos: Yes, and you know what? I ain’t gonna cooperate with your guys’ rules neither.

Gallegos faces charges for aggravated DWI, careless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.

Online records show he was arrested in January for drugs.

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