Judge sends women back to jail for DWI

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s back to jail for the woman accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that has left a local police officer in critical condition.

New Mexico State Police say Michelle Rivera, 32, was driving drunk Friday night when she rear-ended a vehicle driven-by off-duty aviation police officer Robert Dilley.

The impact from Rivera’s vehicle caused Dilley’s car to lose control, flip over and land on its roof. Robert Dilley suffered a broken neck and head injuries.

Michelle Rivera appeared in court Sunday out on bond where it was revealed her two prior DWI arrests never resulted in convictions. Investigators say Rivera blew at least twice the legal limit Friday night.

Those prior arrests caused Judge Henry Alaniz enough concern to send her back to jail saying, “Ms. Rivera I am going to find that you are a danger to the safety and welfare of the community. I am going to remand you back into custody.”

Judge Alaniz also raised Rivera’s bond from $15,000 to $50,000; she is now charged with great bodily harm by vehicle.

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