Sheriff Rodella faces another accusation

Sheriff Tommy Rodella
Sheriff Tommy Rodella

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Federal investigators have revealed another controversial traffic stop made by Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella.

Federal prosecutors said Rodella, who has already been indicted for allegedly roughing up a motorist in March, pulled over a 52-year-old woman two months earlier and threatened her.

The revelations were part of court documents filed last week.

In the documents, investigators said Rodella tailgated Yvette Maes at night without his emergency lights on. When he did turn on his lights, Maes pulled over.

Court papers said Rodella demanded to know why she didn’t stop sooner and after Maes questioned why Rodella didn’t just pass her, he allegedly threatened to take lock her up.

A lawyer for Rodella said he has not reviewed the filing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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